Tail-end paddy growers & farming community faces acute shortage of irri-water

BY Imtiaz Gorar
LARKANA:
The growers and farming community of paddy crop are facing acute shortage of irrigational water, several channels and other dis-tributaries of Rice Canal, Dadu Canal, Warah Canal, Saifullah Canal and others are unable to provide the irrigation water to growers of tale end owing to shortage of water, recently sowed paddy samplings have turned dry, which will lead to loss of millions rupees.
Growers of various cities of Larkana and Kamber shahdadkot district reached at Larkana Press Club to record their protest against the non provision of irrigation water, they termed a well organized conspiracy to release water late by June, situation is forcing to growers to cultivate Hybrid seed instead of 6 Ari and other local varieties.
Assistant Executive Engineer Northern Dadu division Dokri told this scribe that scarcity of irrigation water is a general issue because Sukkur barrage has received 120502 cu-secs at upstream and 64672 at downstream low flow has led to shortage of water.
Meanwhile, the residents of different villagers of Union Council Khabar Taluka Miro Khan district Kamber Shahdadkot, Union Council Mirpur taluka Warah district Kamber-Shahdkot staged protest and demonstration during scorching heat in front of Executive Engineer irrigation Department Warah Division at Larkana against the irrigation water theft and damaging of Shori Shaikh at RD 52 by influential person here on Thursday.
the protesting growers were residents of different villages among village Khairo Gadahi, village Saffar Khoso, village Faiz Muhammad Soomro, Kori Wandh and other villages of Taluka Miro Khan district Kamber Shahdadkot, they told media men that 70 to 80 armed men on behest of influential person attacked on Shori Shakh Regulator at RD 52 and badly damaged the infrastructure of irrigation, but despite of that concerned officials are reluctant to take action against the accused.
Villagers said that saplings of Paddy are under the drought, there is acute shortage of irrigation water, added that thousands acre fertile land of tale end farming community have turned into the barren due to scarcity of water, influential persons are diverting the flow of water to their areas to cultivate their lands and such trend of water theft has made lives of poor growers miserable.
They appealed to Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial minister for irrigation and other high ups to take notice of matter, arrest influential person who are involved in water theft and ensure the supply of irrigation water in time for cultivation paddy crop.