Parsem farmers worry over crops

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December 13, 2013 at 10:33 am #4941

Damage to the sluice gate at Khazangundo in Parsem, Pernem, has led to saline water from the Chapora river entering into the fields.

The damage to the sluice gate has raised an alarm for hundreds of cultivators who are likely to be affected by the calamity of saline water entering into their fields.

Farmers informed TOI that the damaged sluice gate has already caused flooding. Saline water has inundated the fields. The farmers are worried as they could not cultivate their paddy crops as the water level in the field is very high and the fertility of the soil may be affected due to the salinity of the river water.

Sources informed TOI that because of the pressure on the sluice gates due to the high tide in the Chapora river, two doors of the gate gave in and got damaged on December 4.

The farmers had panicked and tried some temporary measures to control the water flowing into the fields, but because of the high water pressure they could not succeed.

The affected farmers have brought it to the notice of all authorities concerned that the sluice gate has been totally damaged.

Panchayat minister and local MLA Laxmikant Parsekar along with the Pernem mamlatdar, Anil Rane, inspected the site along with the farmers on Thursday. “I have given directives to start the work on the repairs of the sluice gates. The work will begin within a day’s time. The farmers need not worry,” Parsekar said.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Parsem farmers worry over crops

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