Land mafia hitting hard agricultural fields, complain farmers

UPPINANGADY : Farmers in a village of Uppinangady have appealed to the administration to save their agricultural lands from the land mafia. Presently, an agricultural field called Kambala Gadde (Pookare Kanda in local dialect) at Alankaruguttu, is facing problems after a nearby agricultural land has been purchased by an entrepreneur from Puttur.

The leveling works of the land that is underway since the past few months has reportedly affected the nearby fields where three crops are grown in a year. The act of the entrepreneur in dumping mud to level the land as well as laying of pipes on the huge storm water drain passing through the area, has been strongly resented by the farmers who fear the free flow of rain water during monsoons may be affected and water may gush in to the nearby agricultural fields spread over a distance of nearly 70 acres.

An appeal made to the Deputy Commissioner said the nearby farmers are fearing artificial floods during monsoon and there is also a complaint that water in the fields get dried up fast owing to the soil dumped in the land located in an elevated area The famers also say they can expect only three quintals of paddy yield this time as against the 35 quintals in the past and urged the administration to initiate steps to ensure justice to them.