KARACHI - The water logging has ruined fertile land in the wide area of major cotton producing zone of the province and put the economic resources at stake in Sindh province.
The peasants have urged upon the government’s policy makers to take protective measures to stop the water logging, which impacting as disaster for the agriculture of the Sindh province.
At a crowded gathering of peasant, fisherwomen and livestock families, under the title “Stop water-logging and save natural resources”, organised by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), which attended by the peasants of Nara Canal’s Wadhki Pattan (jetty) of Sanghar and other areas in large number.
The peasant leaders pointed out that they are losing their traditional sources of earning due to increasing water-logging, depleting natural grazing fields and fresh water lakes.
The fishermen’s organisation along with the peasants has recently launched a campaign for introducing land reforms with participation of the local communities for sustainable agriculture. Local communities believe their life and sources of livelihoods are at stake due to fast depleting natural resources in the district as the event was part of such campaign.
Nara Valley has still been the popular for being natural habitat for several wildlife species, which otherwise have disappeared from the entire wild of Sindh province. But due to unchecked water logging, depletion of fresh water and scenic lakes, not only the communities are feeling insecure, the entire ecology is at danger.
PFF chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah chaired the gathering while peasant leaders, community elders and fishermen activists Yar Mohammed Shaikh, Ghulam Ali Leghari, Hussain Mallah, Mir Hassan Mari, Majnoon Shar, Rasool Dad Pathan, Mohammed Mallah, Juman Shar and others criticised the elected representatives and district administration, which are reluctant to pay heed towards the issues of the masses.
They specifically raised the issues of livelihood facing local communities, residing on both the sides of old Nara Canal.
“When we say land reforms we link the pieces of lands gifted to outsiders, end of water logging, saving soil fertility and sources of living of the communities with the subject (land reforms),” he said, adding that legislators of the area should pay heed towards the demands of Nara Valley people, whose villages do not have electricity, schools, health facilities in their villages. Now their life and sources of living are under threats due to depleting natural resources.
They also opposed the old Nara canal redesigning project, which they believe further affect the small-land holders and share croppers in the area. Fishermen say the redesigning canal project will cut the feeding sources of several natural lakes, which usually get water through the old systems, especially in the monsoon season.