The fifth spell of rains in Khammam district has damaged crops over 80,000 acres including paddy, cotton and chilli. Heavy rains have breached tanks at 50 places in various mandals. Sattupalli mandal is the worst-hit with breaches at 10 locations. Paddy crop over 1,000 acres have been washed away in the mandal.
Excess rain from October 1 to 15 has caused havoc in the State, leading to loss of agricultural crops on 2.3 lakh hectares and horticultural crop loss on 24,822 hectares in 23 districts. The actual crop loss would be much more as officials are yet to take up assessment in some Kalyana Karnataka districts such as Kalaburagi, Bidar, and Ballari where the rain has caused extensive damage.
The new harvest season of Chinese ginger has already begun. The new harvest is expected to enter the Chinese market in the middle of November, after the ginger has spent 40 days in storage. The overall production volume declined last year, while the outbreak of Covid-19 stimulated market demand for ginger, which has resulted in a situation where the storage volume of ginger is running low.
Heavy rains have lashed central and south Maharashtra as well as the Konkan region over the past few days, causing damage to standing crops in eight districts of the state. More than 1.23 lakh hectare of area under cultivation has been affected, according to agriculture department officials. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rains till the end of this week.
Interacting with the media here on Tuesday, the Minister said that there were heavy rains in the State during August and September and crop damages were more in West and in East Godavari, and Visakhapatnam districts. Seeds would be provided on subsidy to groundnut farmers and the farmers, who had lost their crop, would be compensated by the government.
Continued rainfall in the cotton-growing areas of Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts will damage the quality of the cotton flower, worry cultivators, whose fears have been raised following rains lashing the region. A large number of farmers took up cotton cultivation this season keeping in view the high price is fetched last season and the early arrival of the monsoon.
An exceptionally wet start to the autumn has thwarted farming operations across Norfolk, prompting concerns over the potato crops. Storms and heavy rain have left farmers dealing with issues including fallen trees, flooding and soil erosion. The wind, gusting up to 70mph, also caused havoc for fruit growers including Sharrington Strawberries, where crops and poly-tunnels were destroyed by the gales.
Paddy crops across the district suffered heavy damage in the rain that lashed the district in the past week. District agricultural authorities put the loss at ₹7 crore to paddy farmers. Official figures indicate that 467 hectares of paddy was damaged in the last two weeks. The crop loss was heavier at Alathur, Nemmara, Kuzhalmannam, Chittur and Kollangode.
Excess rains have affected cotton crop in the cotton growing districts of Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar in Maharashtra. The cotton bolls have started rotting, which will affect the first plucking. A cotton plant undergoes about four pluckings in the harvesting season. The rains will reduce the quality of cotton in the first plucking, which will affect farmers’ earnings.
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