Scanty rainfall in Siang valley hits rice cultivation

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HT Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Aug 8: Scanty rainfall this summer has created drought-like situation in many parts of Siang valley of Arunachal Pradesh and adjoining parts of Dhemaji district in Assam, causing worry of the farmers.

Reports from Mebo sub-division in East Siang said that wet paddy cultivation in the rice bowls at Kiyit, Borguly, Kongkul and Namsing cropping sites are adversely affecting due to scanty rainfall. The rural farmers survived on agricultural activities are worrying to plant paddy on their croplands.

“Drought-like situation this monsoon has worried as around 500 families who depend on nature,” rued Namsing village Gaonburah Bohonto Perme.

“We shall have no option other than adopting alternative farming if monsoon does not favour us this time”, said Rambilash Perme, a farmer of Borguly.

Mebo sub-division located on the right bank of mighty Siang is rice bowl and rural farmers are self reliant on agriculture and allied activities.

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