Tending to the lush green paddy field, Kenaram Malik on the 10-cottah farmland in Singur’s Bajemelia mouja casts a pitiful gaze at the blue sheds and the `factory’ boundary wall in the distance. “Farmland owners and farm workers here are ecstatic that they will get their land back. But farming will not be easy on the land that have been lying like this for a decade.No magic wand can restore soil fertility here. It will take a lot of time and resources to nurse the land back to health,“ he said.
At least 2-3 feet of fly ash and sand that was dumped to raise the land level has to be scooped out to expose the top soil. Fresh earth has to be dumped on that land to raise the level, so that crops other than paddy and jute can be grown there. In places where piling was done during the construction of the sheds, at least 1-foot deep `pile’ will have to be scooped up. The land had been compacted using machines. Now, that has to be tilled so that the land can breathe. Fertilizers have to be used to add nutrition.
“It will take at least a year to prepare the land for cultivation and three-four years to get the kind of agricultural output from it that farmers used to get prior to the acquisition,“ said Abu Siddik Mol lah, whose 1.5 bigha land in Joymolla escaped acquisition.
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