Water shortage: Farmers of Sindh appeal to Punjab for help

The scarcity is being attributed to dropping of water level in Tarbela dam

Our Correspondent January 01, 2017
Farmers say mismanagement and corruption are responsible for the shortage. PHOTO: FILE

HYDERABAD: As the shortage of irrigation water threatens the planting of wheat crop, farmers of Sindh have requested Punjab to help them overcome this menace by giving water to Sindh from its share.

The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) made this appeal during a meeting on Sunday, reminding Punjab that when it faced similar situations in the past, Sindh acted with generosity by sharing its water.

The meeting, chaired by SCA’s president, Dr Nadeem Qamar, expressed the concern that the expected water shortage will affect a large part of the 2.8 million acres of land used for wheat cultivation.

The scarcity is being attributed to dropping of water level in Tarbela dam, which supplies water to Sindh. Punjab is supplied water from Mangla dam.

The meeting, attended via video link by farmers’ representatives from Karachi, Sanghar, Sukkur, Larkana and other districts, demanded of the federal and provincial governments to devise policies in light of climate change.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2017.


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