Tribune News Service
Rohtak, August 12
Farmers in over a 100 low-lying villages of Rohtak district have been battling waterlogging and salinity issues that threaten to render their land unfit for cultivation.
Though groundwater has been rising alarmingly in a number of blocks, it has reached as much as 1.5 metres from the floor stage in 16 villages and between 1.5 and three metres in round 100 villages.
Rohtas, Deputy Director (Agriculture), stated groundwater may show disastrous for farming if it reached one metre from the floor. “All crops need at least one metre space in the soil to flourish,” he added. The common groundwater stage within the district was 4.30 metres in 2010 and it was recorded at 3.58 metres this 12 months, in accordance with a survey by the Agriculture Department in June.
Kalanaur block witnessed the best decadal rise of 1.45 metres, adopted by Rohtak block at 0.94 metre and Meham and Lakhan Majra at 0.66 metre every. The depend stood at 0.1 metre in Sampla.
Ankit of Karotha village in Rohtak block stated as a result of rising water desk, their fields acquired submerged even throughout gentle rain. Dalvir Singh Rana, a hydrologist, stated Rohtak district was geographically formed like a bowl. Rohtas stated horizontal floor drainage was the one answer to counter the menace.