Mass awareness about water issues can help in solving water problems

Sunil Pradhan
Friday, 15 December 2017

Water-related problems and politics on water should be kept separate, if we are planning to solve problems of farmers. The government is planning to take the level of irrigation farming from ten per cent to thirty per cent in three years which is almost impossible until the attitude of the government becomes positive

Pune: While the monsoon plays a major role in farming in Maharashtra, experts claim that awareness about water problems at mass level can act as a major key to solve water woes of Maharashtra farmers. Manik Kadam, a farmer from Parbhani, who makes people aware about water problems, said Maharashtra has been caught in corruption when it comes to irrigation projects which impacted farmers on a large scale.

“Water-related problems and politics on water should be kept separate, if we are planning to solve problems of farmers. The government is planning to take the level of irrigation farming from ten per cent to thirty per cent in three years which is almost impossible until the attitude of the government becomes positive,” added Kadam.

The farmer stressed on mass awareness about water problems starting from the gram panchayat level. “We have exhausted our water sources. Water bodies are running dry over the years and so management of water is a must. We have done this in Maharashtra and  Anna Hazare’s Ralegaon Siddhi model of village development, Popatrao Pawar’s  Hiware Bazar model are best examples of water management,” added Kadam.

Speaking about the pump irrigation facility provided by the government, Kadam said the irrigation facility has hardly provided water to farmers and so good research in irrigation is required to help farmers. Farmer leader Raghunathdada Patil stressed on the farmers uniting to solve water issues starting with water management at dams.

 

 

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