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Farmers facing acute water shortage in Siliguri

Siliguri, Fri, 13 Jan 2012 ANI

Siliguri, Jan 13 (ANI): Acute water shortage in West Bengal's Siliguri District has adversely affected the crops grown in the winter season.


Inadequate rainfall along with the advent of winter has left the farmers in a lurch. Their problems were aggravated due to the unavailability of water in the canals that are located adjacent to the fields.


"We basically grow paddy, jute and other vegetables around the year, but this year we are facing a water crisis and we cannot do farming due to acute water shortage. If the government does not help us out, we will not be able to survive," said Rothin Roy, a farmer.


Due to shortage of water the farmers switched to the cultivation of vegetables as they faced a lot of problems while they grow other crops.


Most of the neighbouring rivers have dried up and it has become a difficult task for the farmers to irrigate the fields as they were not able to set up the pumps.


The entire region comprises around 32000 hectares of agricultural land. (ANI)


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