Neighbourhood News Desk/ Tarannum Khan: Despite the government advisory issued in July on restricting sowing of water-intensive crops this year on account of deficient rainfall, Gujarat farmers have sown over 35 lakh hectares of crops like paddy and cotton. The two crops that require a huge amount of water.
Around 44 % of the total 79 lakh hectares of Kharif crops sown across the state during a rain-deficient year.
Notably, 15.21 lakh hectares (or 43 per cent) of cotton and paddy fall in the 14
districts that have received less than 60% of its long-period average (LPA)
rainfall this monsoon.
“We can only issue advisories and tell farmers about the quota of water they will
receive every year. We cannot impose or force farmers to change the cropping pattern.
Most of them sow with maximum profitability in mind. If they can manage water from
other sources then they might opt for other crops,” said a senior official of the Sardar
Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL).