Punjab

Canal water in district closed for about 45 days, farmers rely on sub soil water further leading to its decline

Raghbir Singh Brar | December 02, 2019 06:27 PM

Shortage of canal water also hits disposing off stubble without burning it, Abohar branch canal lying closed for over a month

It also affects water works supply, which is catered to by running tube wells

Nips the idea of growing green manure in the bud after harvesting wheat

Power supply in summer except paddy season is available for three hours only in April to June, 8 hours on alternative days after paddy season

 Faridkot: It is not only that the farmers draw sub soil water by tubewells only during paddy season, but for the past some years, even the farmers have had to irrigate their wheat crop too with the help of tubewells. Earlier, everything was in sync, but since paddy season has been delayed and stubble burning has been banned, farmers have to face the shortage of canal water too.

While the irrigation department officials reason that canal water is provided when there is 60 per cent need of it, but farmers have to face a problems as the needs of all are not at the same time.

  

Now Rajbaha Faridkot has been lying closed for about 1 and half months and as now early sown wheat crop is demanding water, many farmers can be seen irrigating their crops with the help of tubewells, which further pushes the water level lower.

Many such small distributires which origin from Abhoar canal are closed because the canal is closed.

“About a decade earlier, there was no shortage of canal water, but now far many years, the canal water is not available in plenty. When the farmers have to irrigate fields for cotton, the water is usually closed because most of the paddy growers do not need it and wheat harvesting season is there. When the farmers have to plough the fields after harvesting early varieties of paddy to dispose the stubble off into the fields without burning it, water is also closed then because most of the farmers still do not want water due to their standing crop,” said Amarjeet Singh, a farmer from village Duareana.

"Stubble can be ploughed in the fields with the help of discs if paddy is harvested with a combine fitted with super straw management system, but it only decomposes if it is in muddy fields after a heavy irrigation," Amarjeet adds.

Jaswinder Singh, a farmer from Kotkapura village started irrigating his wheat crop after days wait of canal water with the help of canal water.

“If we give first irrigation to wheat crop after three weeks, only then we can spay weedicides to control weeds which are recommended to be applied between 30 to 35 days after the sowing of wheat. But delay in first irrigation leads to delayed application of weedicides and fertilizers,” said Karamjeet Singh, another from Faridkot district.

Even during the paddy season, canal water is not abundantly available and more and more sub soil water is exploited by the farmers.

Canal water not only is used for irrigation purpose only, but it is also used for replenishing  storage tanks of water works to supply pure water to all the towns and villages. When the canal water goes dry, water storage tanks also empty in about 8 to 10 days. Then sub soil water it pumped into the them which is not good at all places.

“If there are not tubewells, farmers even cannot irrigate their crops timely and they have to face very tough time. Water should not be closed for more than two weeks in one go,” said Darhan Singh, a farmer.

Further, the farmers alleged that after the harvesting of wheat, there is a window period of about 45 days to 60 days in which the agriculture experts suggest them grow green manure, but canal water is also closed during that period because the irrigation department claim that they have to do some repair or cleanings of supply networks to supply irrigation water for paddy on June 20.So it leaves little scope of growing green manure as well.

The farmers demand that that there should be a proper schedule of the supply of canal water so than the use of sub soil water is used less. The information about the flow of water in different canals and Rajbahas should be made available online and even through Text Message services to the farmers.

 

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Punjab Cabinet okays revision of river/canal water charges for non-agriculture purposes
Punjab Cabinet okays revision of river/canal water charges for non-agriculture purposes
Water supply and sanitation dept honoures 200 officials and employees for great services during Gurpurab celebrations
Water supply and sanitation dept honoures 200 officials and employees for great services during Gurpurab celebrations
Clean environment and sports are our priority: MP Chaudhary
Clean environment and sports are our priority: MP Chaudhary
 Playing D/N Test in India, a victory for world cricket: Rajeev Shukla
Playing D/N Test in India, a victory for world cricket: Rajeev Shukla
INX Media case: Court allows ED to quiz Chidambram on Nov 22-23
INX Media case: Court allows ED to quiz Chidambram on Nov 22-23
Time line to pay outstanding house tax or property tax extended by three months: Brham Mohindra
Time line to pay outstanding house tax or property tax extended by three months: Brham Mohindra
Centre's Financial Intelligence Unit extends support to Punjab Police to trace Foreign terror funding sources
Centre's Financial Intelligence Unit extends support to Punjab Police to trace Foreign terror funding sources
Bankers’ committee meet exposes Captain government’s claims over farm loan waiver: Kultar Singh Sandhwa
Bankers’ committee meet exposes Captain government’s claims over farm loan waiver: Kultar Singh Sandhwa
SC asks Army to take decision on granting permanent commission to 8 women officers
SC asks Army to take decision on granting permanent commission to 8 women officers
PM Modi condoles demise of UAE President's brother
PM Modi condoles demise of UAE President's brother
International Olympiad on Critical Life Skills on 14th & 15th December 2019
International Olympiad on Critical Life Skills on 14th & 15th December 2019
K'taka: Farmer finds unique, low-cost method to save crops from wild animals
K'taka: Farmer finds unique, low-cost method to save crops from wild animals