Water Shortage Endangers Pakistan Rice Harvest


Severe water shortage for rice crop in upper Sindh has been troubling farmers as it has delayed the sowing of the crop. Farmers are not even certain whether they will be able to harvest the crop. Protesting farmers have staged sit-ins and observed hunger strikes in the last few weeks but the ongoing political wrangling due to the elections has become so all-encompassing that the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the issue. According to the paddy farmers, the acute water shortage is not only feared to hit the rice crop but it has also translated into water disputes among different communities.