Cold-affected crop growers demand compensation

NAUNDERO: The ongoing wave of rising cold has badly affected sown tomato, chillies, brinjal and other vegetables in agricultural fields in Naundero and other surrounding areas.

The poor farmers of Mahotta, Banguldero, Sallar Bhutto, Naundero, Dhamrah, Chatto Mangi, Garhi Khuda Bux and other villages are in a fix how to save their crop from the current wave of extreme cold weather.

They have however covered their sown vegetables with bushes at their own using old methods but even then their crop continue to dry by the sizzling cold. These vegetables are grown on thousands of acres by these tillers who do not want wheat to be sown in their fields due to fluctuation of wheat market prices and they prefer to sow cash crops of vegetables after harvesting paddy.

According to these farmers, chillies crop would have been ready for harvesting in first or second week of January and tomato and brinjal crops would be ready in first two weeks of February but the cold weather and chilling air has ruined their entire crop due to which they are facing huge losses as they had invested millions of rupees on purchasing seeds, pesticides and urea besides their own labour.

Hundreds of labourers are earning livelihood when these crops are ready to harvest. These vegetables are sent to many cities in the country including KPK, Punjab and Karachi. The tillers have demanded compensation from Sindh government for crops losses.

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