Farmers on J&K border continue to worry after ceasefire violations

| Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:21
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Labourers are not willing to work in the paddy fields

New Delhi: Farmers in Kathua region of Jammu and Kashmir continued to worry after ceasefire violations hit the paddy harvest along the international borders.

They claimed that labourers are not ready to work in the paddy fields.

“We are facing a lot of difficulties as escalation of tension along border. Crops are ready for harvest but labour not willing to come,” said a worried farmer.

Panic gripped the country’s border regions after the surgical strikes that carried out by Indian Army against Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC).

“Working under tense situation as this is our only source of survival. We are trying to expedite harvest process but labour won’t come,” he said.

After the surgical strikes, many villages near Pakistan border were evacuated. Farmers in border regions were worried that they would not be able to harvest their crops in time.

Earlier this month, the Border Security Force in Punjab allowed farmers with farming land on the India-Pakistan border to work on their land for fixed hours. Indian armed forces were put on high alert in the region to counter any escalation of the situation following the latest developments at the LoC.

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