1500 hectares of paddy land washed away in Samba: Jamwal

Excelsior Correspondent
SAMBA, Sept 17: To review the damages caused to the agriculture land by flash floods in Samba district a team of Agriculture officers led by Director Agriculture, Jammu Dr S S Jamwal visited the area where a large cultivated land has been washed away after the change of course of the Basantar and Devika rivers after breaking protection bunds and embankments.
Mr Jamwal said over 1500 hectares of paddy and other Kharif crop land has been completely eroded by the flash floods in the district and converted into river bed and silt. The sand and stones have been spread and deposited on a large area of cultivable land depriving many farmers of their bread and butter.
Mr Jamwal visited the farmers fields located at villages of Nanga, Majra, Jagatpur, Nathwal, Chak Pathyal, Barota, Logwal, Chajwal, Kamore, Rangoor, Chak Paras, Rangoor camp and other villages. These villages were mostly paddy and basmati growing areas which have been completely washed away, he said.
He said some other crops have also been damaged in the area due to heavy and continuous rains. Besides many pump sheds, pump sets and cattle sheds have also been washed away by the floods, he added.
He said irrigation channels and Khuls have also been damaged at several locations due to which farmers will face hardships for irrigating their land.
The team also met local people including Sarpanch Rangoor Panchayat, Nath Ram. They demanded immediate relief for the losses suffered by the farmers.
Kulbushan Sambyal, Chief Agriculture Officer, Samba and other officers of the district accompanied Director Agriculture during his tour.