Farmer is the backbone of the country. He is the only person who provides bread and butter to this country. Any government which is in power should support the former and it has to provide all the facilities like cultivation water, power and Quality, sufficient fertilizers. But it seems Andhra Pradesh government is least bothered about farmers as some of the farmers are facing difficult situations of getting cultivation water.
Unbearable situation is faced now by the farmers who have crop fields under Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal. They are not going to get the cultivation water for their paddy even in this season too. This is the fourth consecutive year where AP Government showed its inability to release the water from Nagarjuna Sagar.
Under Right Canal 10 lakh acres of paddy fields are now turning to sterile lands without cultivation water. Most of the farmers are asked to cultivate with Irrigated Dry(ID) crops by the agriculture officials as govt has decided to not to release water. Majority of the farmers are afraid of losing the soil fertility and the nature of soil if they go with ID crops.
According to government, there are no sufficient reserves in the major projects to provide water for crops under right canal. In order to overcome the water crisis for the Sagar farmers there is a proposal of lift irrigation scheme at Vaikuntapuram village in the Guntur district. But it is in the proposal state only. Government should start this project as soon as possible to overcome the water crisis by these farmers.