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Curtorim farmers face labour shortage

Margao: Farmers of  Curtorim village, which is known as the granary of  Salcete, on Monday, informed that labour crisis has compelled  many of them to leave the harvested paddy in the fields.

“We had a good season this time. However, we could not get the local labourers to shift the harvested paddy due to the lockdown.  This has forced many a farmers to keep their  harvested paddy in the fields,” said a  dedicated farmer and chairman of Curtorim  Biodiversity  Management Committee, Joaquim  Santano Rodrigues.

Many a farmers, though harvested the  yield with the help of  harvesters  provided by the local legislator and agriculturist  Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco,  faced difficulty in  transporting it to the roadside since the local labourers were not available.

“We hope for better days ahead as slowly and slowly we are moving on through the  corona crisis,” said a woman farmer.

She said that three of her family members have assisted her in carrying the paddy  home,  and many others are depending on others for the same work.

Curtorim being blessed with the natural water resources, the farmers take double crop every year.

This apart, the fish farming is also taken up in some of the fields by tenant associations.

Meanwhile, fresh water fish was harvested on  Sunday at Raloi tollem where  local variety of fish is largely found, and  a large crowd was noticed gathered following social distancing norm to buy it. 

A source said that fish in the same Raloi tollem will be  harvested again on  Saturday by the  farmers associated with the  tenant association, while the fresh water fish from Curtorim’s Anglli tollem will be  harvested on Sunday.

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