Farmers from Kumbi, Thanga and Moirang in Manipur have set a deadline to the authorities concerned to start operating Loktak Lift Irrigation and distribute urea fertiliser by July 24, failing which various forms of agitation will be launched from July 25, they said.
The resolution to set the deadline was taken during a one-day meeting organised by the Moirang Kendra Farmer's Development Co-operative Society (MKFDCS) at Moirang Lamkhai Khoiyol Keithel on Wednesday.
Addressing the function, MKFDCS vice president N Jadumani said that farmers have been struggling due to unavailability of subsidised urea. Lack of a proper irrigation system has doubled their sufferings, he said.
That government had assured to resume functioning of Moirang Low and High Canal and Imphal Low and High Canal in May to address the water shortages in agricultural lands. But the said assurance has not been converted into actions except starting operations on some parts of Imphal Low and High Canal, he said.
Meanwhile, many farmers of the said site are still not receiving their due share of urea, he further said. Therefore, farmers are encountering lots of hardships in carrying out their agricultural activities, he said.
Farmers cannot help but feel that they are totally ignored by the government due to such irresponsibility of the authority concerned, he added.
It is high time the government settles all the problems of the farmers, he further said, adding, they should renovate the Loktak Lift Irrigation system and distribute fertilisers to all farmers within July 24. Otherwise, they will launch various forms of agitations, he added.
The meeting was attended by members of various farmers’ organisations based in Moirang , Kumbi and Thanga area.
First published:20 Jul 2022, 3:50 pm
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