Pakistan. Wheat crop season: SCA urges Sindh govt to ensure regular supply of water

21.11.2016

Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has urged the Sindh Government to ensure regular supply of irrigation water as the sowing season of wheat crop has started.

The SCA's meeting, held at its secretariat here Sunday and attended by farmers' representatives through video link from several districts, pointed out shortage of water in the irrigation system, warning that the scarcity would affect the sowing of wheat crop.

The meeting asked the Sindh Government to approach Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to obtain proper share of water from Indus River for Sindh province for the winter sowing season.

The meeting warned that if due to shortage of irrigation water the wheat crop was affected, the farmers of Sindh would hold the government and IRSA responsible for their losses.

The meeting also expressed grave concern on the performance of Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) and Left Bank Canal Area Water Board holding the two organisations responsible for water shortage in Phuleli and Akram canals which pass through Hyderabad.

The growers at the meeting also pointed out violation of Section 144 imposed against the inter-provincial sale of sugarcane crop and claimed that sugar mills in upper Sindh region were buying crops from Punjab.

The farmers at the meeting also expressed grave concern over the continuous sale of harmful and spurious pesticides and fertiliser in the market.

The SCA's President Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar chaired the meeting which was attended through the video link by farmers' representatives from Karachi, Sanghar, Sukkur, Ghotki and other districts.


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