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.
At least three talukas in Banaskantha have been the worst hit. Farmers claim their production of crops like wheat, castor, cumin and mustard will be affected badly as most of them have been destroyed. With locust swarms damaging huge number of crops in at least three talukas of Banaskantha district in Gujarat, the production of crops like wheat, castor, cumin and mustard along with other major crops will be highly affected, farmers in these areas have said.
The state government will use drones to spray pesticide in a bid to curb locust menace afflicting farmers in over 8O villages of Banaskantha. Talking about the means used to control locusts, Deputy Director of Locust Warning Organisation, Faridabad, Dr KL Gurjar said, "We are working collectively with the state government.
Good rains that the country received this year after many years of below-par monsoon haven’t helped farmers reap a rich harvest. Instead, the heavy rains in the second half of the 2019 monsoon season caused untold damage to farms in many parts of the country. This, coupled with a decline in agricultural exports, hit farmers badly.
Three months after untimely downpour in October damaged kharif crops on over 70 lakh hectare, farmers in Maharashtra continue to wait for compensation from insurance companies. “Farmers have not received crop insurance compensation. In fact, we have lost faith in insurance companies as we have had a bad experience with them in the last three years,” said Ankur Mane, a farmer from Satara.
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