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  Farmers dump govt advisories, choose to grow paddy this year

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Despite advisory by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC), the farmers across the valley have decided to grow paddy crop for the year and have already began the process of cultivation.

I&FC Department recently issued an advisory for the majority of the districts including Srinagar, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Pulwama to avoid growing paddy crop considering less precipitation during the winter season in the region.

The department in its circular asked the farmers to replace paddy with other crops that require less water.

 

While the advisory initially created panic among growers, majority of them have now started preparing their land for this crop due to the rainfall since last few weeks.

Framers in Baramulla have started soaking their seeds, which they said will be sown during first week of May.

“We have witnessed less snowfall even in 2015, but it didn’t affect our crop then,”  Ghulam Qadir a farmer from Pattan village in Baramulla district said.

As per Qadir, majority of the farmers have started preparations for growing paddy in their fields.

“We have villages here like Hanjiwera, Buran, Trokolbal, Khor where the farmers are currently ploughing their land for paddy nurseries. We hope that we will receive regular rainfall during the summer season as was seen during 2015,” he said.

The farmers of Kupwara also have decided to ignore the government advisories, who said that they have abundant water resources in their respective areas.

They said the advisories have come for the first time from the government, though such conditions have been witnessed earlier as well.

“Paddy requires regular water supply but such condition were earlier seen as well. Currently, we are receiving rainfall and just few months are left for transplatin this crop. We hope that the conditions are going to be favoubale for the farmers,” Ghulam Hassan a farmer from Kupwara’s Drugmulla area said.

Framers from Ganderbal and Budgam too have decided not to abide by the I&FC guidelines, saying the department had not enough role in providing water supplies for their fields.

“We have to arrange everything of our own during the cultivation season. Even if we sow seeds in a nursery it won’t go waste. Our locality variety of rice is our identity and it can withstand some minor climate problems,” said Naseer Ahmad, a farmer.

Department Agriculture Department has also supported the farmers for experimenting the paddy crop in Kashmir.

Director of the department, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said that the affected area can be only 50000 hectares out of 1,40,000 hectares in case harsh climatic condition approach.

“The nursery for paddy crop utilises a small portion which is 1/12th of the agriculture land.So even if the paddy seeds are sown there the rest of the land will be free. It will be no harm to the farmers,” he said.

 

 


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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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