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From Here & There

Making hay while the sun shines

It is now history that farmers lost vast acres of land to the Narayanapura dam. But, at the peak of summer, as the water in the reservoir dips, farmers of Hunagund taluk’s Dhannur, Adihala, Emmetti, Hullatti and Koodalasangama, all in Bagalkot district, have started using the wetland in the backwaters of the reservoir to raise crops.

As water in the reservoir drops from the beginning of February, the backwaters too start to recede. The vast open area is then used by farmers in the region to raise vegetable crops such as cucumber, melons, etc apart from maize.

The land is rich and fertile thanks to the backwaters that flow over it through the rest of the year. The farmers plant in stages, even as the water recedes.

In the peak of summer, during April-May, you can see vast stretches of green here, even as the rest of the region is dry and barren. Farmers work hard to raise these short-term crops during the two-and-a-half months of summer.

Make a neat profit

They then sell the vegetable produce in Hunagund, Ilkal, Kushtagi, Lingasugur, Sindhanur, Muddebihal, Talikota and other towns. These crops raised at low cost on ten-twenty guntas of land, fetch them profits of thousands of rupees.

These farmers have made the best of a bad situation, and set an example for other farmers to follow.

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