Irrigators lobby for govt drought loans

Irrigators lobby for govt drought loans

Rural residents and farmers in the central Karnataka state are concerned about water scarcity, in the wake of a drought which has resulted in floods in many parts of the state. Some villagers are seeking help from the Centre to procure loans to buy water in bulk from the state government for recharging their tanks. However, they are facing opposition from some irrigation contractors, which says it can divert water from these machines to the city and towns.

"While local officials say there are no problems, the agronomists and the water management 바카라사이트department are insisting on giving them more land and are demanding cash to be disbursed from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF)," a rural agronomist told TNM.

He said that some contractors are demanding that the State Government will help the agronomists in building a new dam in the Damodar river that is just 2-3 kms away from the village. A State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) is available for Rs 2,500 crore in central Karnataka.

The agronomist, who did not wish to be named, also said that the authorities are not doing enough to buy water. "They say that they have water pipes in the river but no water has come down from there or the ground in the last six to seven months. When we are asked whether we need to buy new pipes from the dam, no one knows when we will be able to get it," he said.

This is not the first time Karnataka has faced problems with its agricultural sector due to a drought. The state is facing two distinct droughts in just over two years. The first came during the monsoon season. The state lost 30% of its irrigated land to flooding, with farmers' farms and the livestock grazing areas in the state witnessing severe damage from the drought-hit monsoon in early 2013.

Then, in September 2014, the state began a drought which is now a crisis, with monsoon rainfall in September-October having been hit sharply. The rains from September to December have left at least 30% of the state dry, while in the바카라사이트 state's five large cities, the monsoon has not been a big factor.

(Nandkumar Prakash can be reached at nandkumar.바카라사이트prakash@livemint.com)