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Government unmoved as orchardists, farmers suffer due to ongoing dry spell: NC

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday asked the J&K government to take immediate steps towards providing succour to the farmers affected by the prevailing dry spell which has run havoc on all sorts of agriculture and horticulture activities in Kashmir.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, in a statement said that previously the farmers had been suffering on account of the deficiency of irrigation water, and that the prevailing dry spell has compounded the problems of farmers associated with all sorts of agricultural activities.

“We have been making fervent appeals to the government to clear all the clogged canals to ensure hassle free supply of water to paddy areas; however our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears. Except for a few places nothing substantial was done to ensure smooth supply of irrigation water to orchards and paddy fields.  What has compounded the problems of the agriculturalists is the undergoing dry spell. The prevailing dry spell has run havoc on all kinds of agriculture and horticulture produce,” he said.

He also expressed concern on the scarcity of potable drinking water across the valley including Srinagar city.

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