Farmers who have suffered extensive crop damage in the recent north-east monsoon have urged the State government to compensate their loss. Raising the issue in the grievance meeting here, farmer Maharajan of MDMK, by showing rotten corn to Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who was chairing the meet, said agriculturists, who had cultivated rain-fed crops, especially corn, had suffered extensive loss due to downpour during the monsoon.
India has been able to bring swarms of desert locusts under control in two key oilseed producing states and authorities are now trying to assess crop damage. A number of timely measures and a change in wind direction have prevented a spread and large-scale damage to the rapeseed and cumin seed crops, the officials said. The outbreak began late last year in Gujarat and Rajasthan states.
At a time when every thing was going good for farmers, blackbucks intruded the fields and devastated large tracts of the Bengal Gram in Hiriyur. Farmers of Dharmapura Hobli which shares its borders by Andhra Pradesh are the worst-hit. They are unable to do anything for the fear the stringent wildlife laws in place.
Recent hailstorm and rain damage on wheat, mustard, potato, and tomato crop reached a total of 2,534 acres in Ladwa block of Kurukshetra district, said officials of agriculture and revenue departments on Thursday. Kurukshetra deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Pardeep Meel said, "On Thursday, more farmers applied for compensation of wheat crop loss under the crop insurance scheme (Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana).
As farmers on the western border of Rajasthan face the worst attack of locusts coming from neighbouring Pakistan, there is now danger of the swarms of insects laying eggs which can lead to even more damage to crops. Officials said that one locust lays around 100 eggs and hence it will be very tough to control the menace.
After the state agriculture department earlier divided the 32 rabi districts in the state into six clusters and invited tenders for the implementation of the Centre’s flagship farm insurance scheme, no bids were received for 10 districts. With farmersacross 10 districts not being able to avail crop insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the state government set up a ministerial committee to look at alternate ways to compensate farmers facing crop loss due to climate change.
Potato growers in the area are quite upbeat ahead of the harvest season. The crop was grown in approximately 6,230 acres in the city this season. Agriculture experts say that potato growers will reap rich dividends with high yield as mild rain at this time would prove to be conducive for growth of the crop. The rain has ended foggy conditions that affect its growth.
After continuous rain in the region for three days and night temperature recorded at 0.4°C on Friday, farmers in Hisar are worried after frost was seen on the mustard crop. A farmer of Shikarpur village, Ramji Lal, who has sown mustard in over five acre of land said he saw a layer of ice (frost) on the stubble which was kept as fodder for cattle and also near the roots of mustard crop.
In the biggest locust attack ever, crops over at least 1,50,000 hectare land have been damaged across four districts in Rajasthan, a special crop assessment report has found. The locust outbreak was reported in May 2019 after 26 years, and grasshoppers returned in December-January period to cause extensive damage, the officials of the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) said.
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