Tillari leaks waterlog Ibrampur fields


Leaks in the Goa-leg of the main right canal of the Tillari Irrigation Project is causing waterlogging in fields in Pernem taluka's Ibrampur village. Farmers say this has been a constant occurrence for the last five years and repeated representations to government officials concerned have yielded nothing. They fear that this year too they will face major losses to the crops they have sown. 
Farmer Sakharam A Kalangutkar says the waterlogging has affected crops in 2.5 acres of land. Another ryot, Ajit B Shetkar says he did not plant this year because there was no compensation for the losses last year. "Nobody wants to help us. No matter how hard we try, we cannot cultivate in this area." 
Local Surabha T Rane says the government, last year, said it would lay a pipeline from Deuldhat to the sub-health centre to tackle the problem. Nothing's happened yet, he rues. 
The Maharashtra government had undertaken month-long repairs to the main left canal of the project in November 2012. Sources say the problem affecting Ibrampur's farmers has to be rectified by Goa-based officials. P J Kamat, MD, Goa Tillari Irrigation Development Corporation says, "I have received the memorandum. I will visit Ibrampur on January 22. After the inspection needful steps will be taken." 
Amancio Fernandes, deputy director, agriculture, says, "These areas are prone to waterlogging because of laterite stone nature of soil in the upper strata. Farmers are advised to cultivate paddy or oil palm, rather than traditional and seasonal crops." [TOI]