Drought: Declare drought in regions with water scarcity: Shetti tells govt | Kolhapur News

Kolhapur: Farmer leader and former MP Raju Shetti has demanded that state govt declare drought in regions facing severe water scarcity and direct banks to immediately stop recovery of crop loans. Shetti has written to govt through Pune divisional commissioner Chandrakant Pulkundwar. He has also demanded fodder camps for cattle.“We are witnessing severe water scarcity in many parts of state. The farmers have lost all hope, and the authorities are harassing them by snapping their power connections and forcing them to pay their loan amount. The women, too, are suffering. If this continues, then farmers from the drought-hit parts will take to the streets,” Shetti said. The farmer leader also said if loans are not waived, then farmers would not be able to take another crop loan for the Kharif season. “Farmers will be forced to go to private money lenders, who will harass them, resulting in an increase in suicides among cultivators. Farmers have already lost their crops due to water scarcity and have earned negligible income,” Shetti added.

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