Till July end this year, key plantation districts across South India such as Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Idukki and Wayanad faced a rainfall deficit. Come August, the heavy downpour in the first fortnight helped wipe out the deficit besides triggering flooding, landslides and inflicting crop losses in some of these districts.
Farmers in south Gujarat are facing huge losses as excess rainfall in the region this year led to floodwaters stagnating in farmlands in several districts. The paddy crop has suffered badly, according to state farmers' bodies. Farmers in south Gujarat are staring at losses of over Rs 100 crore, according to Jayesh Patel, president of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj.
Cotton growers in the semi-arid Abohar belt of Fazilka district are facing losses as waterlogging on nearly 17,000 hectares of land for more than a fortnight has damaged their standing crop. Fields in at least 20 villages were inundated after the catchment area of the Aspal drain in Fazilka, Muktsar and Ferozepur districts had witnessed heavy rainfall on August 21 and 22.
The six-member Central team that arrived from New Delhi surveyed the flood-ravaged districts on Tuesday — Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Bagalkot — to assess the loss and fix compensation. While the State government has demanded Rs 8,000 crore and is insisting that the Centre should make good this amount, experts said the State may not receive more than one-tenth of what is demanded.
The state committee meeting of the Kisan Congress held here on Friday discussed the district-wise problems being faced by the farmers due to heavy rains and other factors, and said that the state government should immediately announce the variety of agriculture products it will procure from the farmers.
This Kharif season moong and urad are almost written off in Vidarbha region and only toor dal, which is a longer gestation crop is being saved. The bountiful rains in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra have also brought in its share misery to the farmers with crops such as Moong, Urad and Toor dal facing pests attacks leading to major crop losses.
Farmers who lost their crops in the continuous rainfall this monsoon will be compensated under State Disaster Response Fund, the government said after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The compensation will be paid after a survey of the losses will be completed in 15 days, an official release by the state government said.
According to the official data, a total of 190,027 farmers have suffered a loss of over Tk140 crore in standing crops because of this year’s floods in Jamalpur. Hundreds of thousands of farmers are losing sleep over the extensive damage dealt to their hard-earned standing crops by floods that hit Jamalpur in multiple phases this year.
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