Lack of irrigation, scanty rainfall to cost farmers of Pourabi Makou Loukon dear

By FrontierManipur | Published On 13th Oct, 2021, 09:26 GMT+0530

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Members of ERDO-Kangleipak, Covid 19 Joint Task Force Pourabi and farmers inspecting the Pourabi Makou Loukon

The Pourabi Makou Loukon has around 1,000 paris and essentially feeds around 300 families. Around 4,000 metric tons of paddy crop might be lost now

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Farmers of Pourabi Makou Loukon in Imphal East district are estimating that around 4,000 metric tons of paddy crop might be lost this year due to the lack of irrigation and scanty rainfall in the Loukon.

Members of the Economic and Resource Development Organisation (ERDO-Kangleipak) along with a media team inspected the paddy fields of the area on Tuesday. Representatives of Covid 19 Joint Task Force Pourabi and some farmers also joined the visit.

The Pourabi Makou Loukon has around 1,000 paris and essentially feeds around 300 families. Apart from the lack of irrigation, the untimely rainfall has added woes to the farmers of the areas.

Covid 19 Joint Task Force Pourabi publicity secretary Wahengbam Janmenjoy Meetei informed that most of the farmers are not the real owners of the paddy fields. And they had to share the harvest with the owners. But that may not be possible this year due to the expected low yield, he added.

Janmenjoy Meetei urged the owners to not collect their share this year and also drew the attention of the state government to the plight of the farmers.

After the inspection, ERDO-Kangleipak secretary general Shanta Nahakpam said that the organisation along with the farmers will discuss and prepare for Rabi season crops. It is unfortunate that there wasn’t an irrigation system in the Pourabi Makou Loukon. It seems no central or state agricultural scheme has been taken up in the area, he added.

ERDO-Kangleipak also mulled drafting an action plan and submitting to the state government to revive the resources of the area and to contribute to the economy of the state.

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