Declare Ballari as drought-hit district, says farmers’ leader – The Hindu

The district unit of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene has urged the State government to declare Ballari district drought-hit and to take steps to effectively tackle the situation.Addressing reporters on Tuesday, Darur Purushotamgouda, president of the unit, said owing to failure of follow-up rains, farmers of the district were facing a crisis.Standing crops on around 1.95 lakh ha in rain-fed areas across the district are withering and are now being removed by farmers.

According to him, the plight of the farmers in the Tungabhadra command area is no better. They too are facing water shortage for the kharif crop cultivated on about 1.5 lakh ha this year, as the failure of rains means the storage in the dam is low.

Source: Declare Ballari as drought-hit district, says farmers’ leader – The Hindu

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