15K hectares of Nepalese paddy farm drying dead with India unwilling to release water
KATHMANDU: The summer paddy cultivated on nearly 15,000 hectares of land here has started drying up as India has not released water in the west canal of the Kosi dam since a month now.
The farmers here are facing great difficulty irrigating their fields as the Indian side refuses to release water in the Kosi West Canal as per the agreement. The Kosi West Canal is under the control of India.
As per the Kosi Agreement, 60,000 hectares of land in Saptari district is to be irrigated from the water of the Kosi West Canal. However, it is stated that not all the structure of the Kosi West Canal is constructed and only 12,000 hectares of land is irrigated by the main canal.
The Kosi West Canal is the only source of water for irrigation in Saptari. The summer paddy is mostly cultivated in Bhardaha, Hanuman Nagar, Yoginiya, Koiladi Madhepura, Itahari Bishnapur, Madhawapur, Kochabakhari and adjacent villages near the Kosi Main Canal in the district. RSS