They want their paddy fields of 100 acres spanning across five Grama Seva divisions irrigated by the Wemedilla reservoir immediately as the paddy plants are drying up.
They told Sri Lanka Mirror that they started the cultivations after a lapse of four seasons of drought and found the money by pawning their family jewellery.
Paddy fields cracked up without water
According to them, they are not getting a supply due to the ongoing renovation of the canal that links the paddy fields with the reservoir.
A visit to the reservoir proved that there was enough water to irrigate these paddy fields.
Reservoir filled with water
The reservoir belongs to the Irrigation Department.
The farmers allege the renovation work of the canal began to target the local government polls.
Now, they are going to boycott it.
Canal renovation underway
(Pictures: Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa - Dambulla)