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Nearly two-thirds of paddy crop damaged

Special Correspondent

Farmers bear brunt of excess rainfall


Heavy rain has resulted in damage to paddy in 44,918 hectares

The damage in terms of money is yet to be assessed


VISAKHAPATNAM: Paddy coverage area in the district during kharif season was 1,10,789 hectares compared to normal area of 87,788 ha. (128 per cent) and as the farmer is happy over the conditions and expecting a bountiful, came the unprecedented heavy rains starting in August-September and more heavy rains during December crippled the paddy farmer.

Up to 10 {+t} {+h} day in December the rainfall has been 159.4 mm compared to the normal rainfall of 4.6 mm, a massive deviation of 3,377 per cent, which followed an excess of 213 per cent (273.3 actual to 87.3 normal) during November, one per cent less (202.7 actual to 205 per cent normal) during October and 30 per cent more (924.3 actual to 712.6 per cent normal) during the south-west monsoon period of June-September.

The heavy rains had resulted in damage to paddy in 44,918 hectares in the district (including the Agency area) and the state of farmers in the plain area was more pitiable as crop in nearly two-thirds area - 40,446 ha out of 64,241 ha - has been damaged. This is the figures arrived at after assessment since August and the damage due to the recent spell of heavy rains during early December was yet to be totally assessed, Collector J. Syamala Rao told reporters here on Monday.

Paddy was affected in 289 ha during August-September; 1,796 ha during October-November and 26,654 ha in December. Standing crop was affected in 9,516 ha, harvested crop kept on the fields in 16,201 ha and which was in heaps on 933 ha. As much as 45,451 tons of grain has been discoloured. In the Visakha Agency area, out of the 46,548 ha, paddy was damaged in 4,492 ha. Damage in the Agency area was less because farming operations in this area usually starts early.

Joint Collector Pola Bhaskar, Additional Joint Collector S. Satyanarayana, DRO D.V. Reddy and Joint Director (agriculture) P. Bhadrachalam were also present.

The damage in terms of money was yet to be assessed but the heavy loss during kharif would mean shortage of rice, fodder and seed next year, livelihood problem for the rural people and many other problems would crop up. The Government is expected to implement the usual measures like providing input subsidy, insurance, loan rescheduling, providing seed for alternative crops, etc.

Insurance claim might be a problem because the damage was not due to the standing crop. Farmers raising rajma, niger, ginger and “pasupu” have an additional problem since these crops are notified by the government for input subsidy.

Paddy bore the brunt of the rains in the district. Since August, crops of different varieties were damaged in 52,705.65 ha, including 4,572 ha out of the total crop area of 2.20 lakh ha. Rains during December caused most of the damage to other crops also, though the extent of damage was less compared to paddy. The following is area under cultivation and area in which a crop is damaged (in hectares): Sugarcane 40,011 - 4,626; rajma 23,550 - 940; ragi 22,755 - 265; cowgram 354 - 96,84; blackgram 2560 - 887.28; greengram 2,301 - 100; groundnut 3,171 - 5.25; niger 8,889 - 255.9; cotton 1,574 - 385.48; redgram 3,717 - 200.53 and tobacco 422 - 24.

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