Farmers in Lucknow hit by early onset of summer

Farmers in Lucknow hit by early onset of summer

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-21 11:26 Lucknow: With drought continuing to hit the normal lives of the people all across the nation, farmers near Uttar Pradesh's capital city are left with nothing but to weep as they just look at the sky, hoping the rains would soon arrive and bring life back into their fields.With thousands of litres of water being used to ensure a dust-free makeshift helipad for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, farmers in Lucknow have been hit hard by an early onset of summer which has damaged their crops.One of the farmers in Kakori District, distressed with the severe water scarcity in the region, says that the entire village is under a dry spell."12-14 tube wells are present in the village but there is no water. All our crops have damaged," he told ANI.Another farmer in Bakshi Ka Talab area of the city says that his entire brinjal crop has been damaged due to shortage of water."We can't do anything without water. Due to shortage, entire brinjal crop is damaged," he tells with tears in his eyes.Searing heat has disrupted the normal life, not only in Lucknow but Varanasi as well where temperature has hovered close to 44 degrees Celsius.Akhilesh Yadav had last week directed installation of additional 666 hand-pumps in the seven drought-hit districts of Bundelkhand region.Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had allocated Rs 867.87 crore for farmers in parched areas of the state.The Bundelkhand region is home to 18.3 million people as per 2011 census and is blighted with drought and unseasonable rains that has destroyed standing winter crops.In the last few years, several farmers lacking money for seeds and water for irrigation have committed suicide. (ANI)