14-Jun-2024  Srinagar booked.net

Kashmir

As Electricity Cuts By 25%, Kashmir Farmers Struggle For Irrigation

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Bandipora: As Kashmir’s power supply cuts by 25%, farmers protest against the outage saying their irrigation depends on electricity as a result production has been hampered in the Trigam Shadipora area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. 

As per reports, farmers took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the Power Development Department (PDD) in Trigam Shadipora village.

These sudden power cuts have been disrupting our farming activities, farmers said during the protest.

We rely on electricity to operate water pumps that irrigate the fields and the lack of power supply affects our work, they said.

“Electricity is essential for watering our crops-without it-our fields would dry up and our harvest would be futile, The PDD must fix this problem,” said Abdul Qadir, a farmer.

Another farmer, Mushtaq Ahmad, said: “Our crops are not just a source of income for us, they provide sustenance for the entire community. When we struggle, the entire area suffers. The authorities must address this issue with a stable electricity supply.”

The farmers are demanding that the PDD create a reliable schedule for electricity distribution so they can plan their farming activities accordingly.

Meanwhile, an official said that the concerns of farmers are being taken seriously.

(KNO)