Rain spells doom for Odisha farmers

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWidespread rain that lashed large parts of southern and western Odisha districts due to cyclone Phethai has spelt doom for the farmers.Rainwater entered fields where standing crops were yet to be harvested while harvested crops have also been damaged. During November and December, farmers harvest Kharif paddy crop. But the unseasonal rain has hit the prospects of a good harvest.Rain was reported from Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts.“We will not be able to cut paddy for next 15 days and it will be damaged in the field. Last year also, unseasonal rain had caused extensive damage,” said Darpan Pradhan, a farmer in Balangir district.In many market yards, crop in gunny bags was soaked due to incessant rain. Farmers apprehend that they would not get appropriate MSP for the paddy due to loss of quality in the rain.“We had issued instructions to all Mandis to protect crops by polythene cover. The government is keeping a close watch on the situation through emergency control rooms,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner.The State has received an average 8 mm rainfall while average 30 mm rainfall was recorded in 10 districts.In view of forecast for heavy rain, the government had made arrangements of temporary shelters in 174 places in Gajapati district.Meanwhile, a high level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund of ₹1023.59 crore to Odisha for damages to life and property caused by cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ in recent months.last_img

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