Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) unit in Karnataka has advocated that switching to intensive crop farming will allow getting over Cauvery water related crisis along with helping people of Bengaluru and other urban areas in getting proper drinking water.
Party informed that 65% of Cauvery water is used for irrigation while the global share of agriculture in water use in a river basin is 20-30%. Also, Bengaluru uses 4% of Cauvery water, while other urban areas use another 4%.
Adding to the facts, AAP state convener Prithvi Reddy said that the techniques of cropping should get water-smart over time.
Recalling farmer suicide in the state, he said when the state faced drought, over 1,300 farmers committed suicide. Of them, a little over 100 were from Mandyadistrict alone and this was due to sugarcane-related crisis. This season, they are faced with a grim situation because of insufficient water to feed their crops.
Amidst this, Suttur Mutt seer Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami has also criticized the Supreme Court directive to Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and called it unscientific.