Paddy farmers in the eastern part of the district are fretting over the shortage of labourers and non-availability of harvest machines.
Owing to it, paddy crop in over 80 hectares of Pambakkuda block panchayat, ready for harvest, is withering. According to farmers, paddy ought to be harvested by this week and if immediate steps are not taken it would lead to heavy loss.
C K Prakash, president, Karshakasangam Koothattukulam area, said it is not easy to find labourers as they have opted for other jobs. The authorities of the local bodies instead of taking immediate steps remain apathetic to the issue, he said.
The two harvest machines available at the block panchayat were defunct as against the requirement of five and no steps have been taken to repair them. The issue will intensify as paddy crop in over 830 hectares in the block panchayat is getting ready for harvest.
“The authorities should mobilise as many harvest machines as possible from other panchayts. If the block panchayat authority continues its apathy towards the issue, we will stage protests,” he said.
Isha Madavan, president, Pambakkuda block panchayat, said paddy crops in the area, including Piravom, Pambakkuda and nearby areas attain maturity at same time which causes hurdles. The block panchayat will take all possible steps to tackle the issue. We are planning to take machines on lease from nearby panchayats, she said.
She noted that labourers were taking up other jobs which has led to a shortage.