Farmers face shortage of fertilizers in Samba: Manjit

JKAP senior leader Manjit Singh during a party programme at Vijaypur on Thursday. — Excelsior/Gautam
JKAP senior leader Manjit Singh during a party programme at Vijaypur on Thursday. — Excelsior/Gautam

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Aug 13: Seeking personal intervention of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, senior leader and former Minister, Manjit Singh today appealed him to solve the problems of farmers in Samba district who have been facing shortage of fertilizers especially Urea.
In a statement to the press, the former Minister said that the farmers have approached him with their grievance of shortage of fertilizers and urea in Samba district especially Vijaypur.
With this shortage, Manjit Singh said, the farmers will not be able to get good quality crops. He said that the farmers in this border district have also been facing shortage of irrigation water especially in the tail-end villages of Vijaypur.
“The villagers suffer from many issues like shortage of water supply due to which they are not able to water their fields or vegetables. The unscheduled power cuts have made their life worse”. “When electricity supply gets hampered, the farmers are not able to use water pumps to water their fields. On the other, the canal water does not reach the tail-end villages which have multiplied the problems with the shortage of the fertilizers,” said the former minister, Manjit Singh.
Another farmer’s leader who recently joined J&K Apni Party, Mohan Singh Bhatti said that the Lt Governor needs to intervene personally so that the suffering of the farmers could be redressed.
“The issues are bigger than it seems. The Government should engage a team of the Agriculture Department to conduct a survey and listen to the farmers and accordingly, they redress their concerns. “We want to help the Government, but the farmers should also be listened to,” said Bhatti.
Meanwhile, over a dozen people especially youth from village Kalha joined J&K Apni Party in presence of former Minister Manjit Singh.