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Harvesting Rain

November 24, 2022 |

Incessant inclement weather conditions, which brought rain to Jammu and Kashmir even at the peak of summer, are widely believed by scientists to play an important role in charging the water bodies. Whenever there is excess rainfall, it largely brings good news for the farmers, although sometimes excess rains can also spell trouble for the crops. This year, the months of March and April remained largely dry, triggering drought like conditions in parts of Kashmir. The dry spell at the onset of spring forced the government to appeal to the farmers not to go for water-intensive crops such as paddy but instead sow crops such as peas and beans which don’t consume so much water. When the summer arrived, incessant rains not just ended the rainfall deficit but also impacted the crops. In many parts of Kashmir, farmers who had sown peas and beans were devastated after their crop got inundated by heavy precipitation. Excessive rainfall in summer also triggered fears of flood with Jhelum river running above danger mark on two occasions. The onset of winter has also brought more rainfall with J&K recording a precipitation of 101.2 mm from October 1 till November 16. While all the other districts recorded good amounts of rainfall, the only place which recorded deficient rainfall was Shopian where 41 percent deficit was recorded. While Anantnag, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kathua, Kupwara and Udhampur received excess rainfall, Jammu district received normal precipitation with 45.7mm rainfall. Srinagar also recorded excess rainfall. Against the normal of 46.9 mm, the summer capital recorded 109.4 mm from October 1-November 16. Winter also arrived early this year with the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir receiving snowfall on at least three occasions, which has charged up the water bodies. The excess rainfall provides an opportunity for the administration to chalk out a grand strategy of water conservation and rain harvesting which could be used to come to the rescue of farmers during drought. With the signs of climate change starkly visible in the form of flood-like and drought-like situations simultaneously reported from Kashmir in summer this year, it is natural that erratic weather conditions are going to become a more consistent feature of life in Kashmir. To prevent scarcity of water for drinking and irrigation purposes, the government must formulate a strategy under which rain water harvesting should not only be encouraged but also incentivised which will go a long way in protecting J&K’s precious water resources.

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Harvesting Rain

November 24, 2022 |

Incessant inclement weather conditions, which brought rain to Jammu and Kashmir even at the peak of summer, are widely believed by scientists to play an important role in charging the water bodies. Whenever there is excess rainfall, it largely brings good news for the farmers, although sometimes excess rains can also spell trouble for the crops. This year, the months of March and April remained largely dry, triggering drought like conditions in parts of Kashmir. The dry spell at the onset of spring forced the government to appeal to the farmers not to go for water-intensive crops such as paddy but instead sow crops such as peas and beans which don’t consume so much water. When the summer arrived, incessant rains not just ended the rainfall deficit but also impacted the crops. In many parts of Kashmir, farmers who had sown peas and beans were devastated after their crop got inundated by heavy precipitation. Excessive rainfall in summer also triggered fears of flood with Jhelum river running above danger mark on two occasions. The onset of winter has also brought more rainfall with J&K recording a precipitation of 101.2 mm from October 1 till November 16. While all the other districts recorded good amounts of rainfall, the only place which recorded deficient rainfall was Shopian where 41 percent deficit was recorded. While Anantnag, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kathua, Kupwara and Udhampur received excess rainfall, Jammu district received normal precipitation with 45.7mm rainfall. Srinagar also recorded excess rainfall. Against the normal of 46.9 mm, the summer capital recorded 109.4 mm from October 1-November 16. Winter also arrived early this year with the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir receiving snowfall on at least three occasions, which has charged up the water bodies. The excess rainfall provides an opportunity for the administration to chalk out a grand strategy of water conservation and rain harvesting which could be used to come to the rescue of farmers during drought. With the signs of climate change starkly visible in the form of flood-like and drought-like situations simultaneously reported from Kashmir in summer this year, it is natural that erratic weather conditions are going to become a more consistent feature of life in Kashmir. To prevent scarcity of water for drinking and irrigation purposes, the government must formulate a strategy under which rain water harvesting should not only be encouraged but also incentivised which will go a long way in protecting J&K’s precious water resources.


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
Administrative Office: Abi Guzer Srinagar

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