Unseasonal rains with hailstorm over the past two days have caused massive damage to crops at several places in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, officials said. According to Bihar government officials, rain and hailstorm in parts of south and north Bihar adjacent to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday damaged flowering and fruiting oilseed, pulses, vegetables, tobacco crop, and blossoming mango orchards.
Recent rainfall has brought much needed relief from drought and heat across the Central Tablelands, but the wet weather can also pose risks for livestock - the Local Land Services warns. "Now that we've had some rain in most parts of the region, it's a good time to review the vaccination status of livestock and give booster injections where appropriate, particularly for clostridial diseases such as pulpy kidney."
Hundreds of farmers hit by the slow pace in paddy procurement are staring at huge losses as their paddy stocks are exposed to unseasonal rain in Odisha. The State has been receiving widespread rain due to western disturbance since Tuesday. Eighteen of 28 meteorological observation stations in the State recorded rainfall on Wednesday.
Following the episode wherein agricultural fields in the state were inundated by heavy rains in 2019, the agriculture department has disbursed crop-loss compensation of Rs 90 lakh from its own budgetary allocation. Farmers were also compensated under the chief minister's relief fund, with an amount of Rs 70.6 lakh.
Nyandarua farmers are counting huge losses caused by the ongoing rains, posing a food security threat in one of the country’s food baskets. The most affected is maize which is ripe for harvest and is now rotting in farms. Maize farming is a second most important agricultural activity in the region after Irish potatoes.
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.
The unseasonal spell of rains and hailstorm that lashed Jammu region in the months of November and December has spelled a doom for paddy growing farmers in the region after a substantial portion of their Kharif crop was damaged. What has added more to the woes of the farmers of the paddy belt of this region known as rice bowel of Jammu is that the chances of harvesting a good Rabi crop have also been lost.
Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in the past two days have damaged 35 to 40 per cent crops here. Jahangir Shafi, District Agriculture Officer said: "According to our estimates, several farmers have lost their crop because of rain in the past two days. On average, 35 to 40 per cent harvest was damaged."
The first damage count came from the Metapontino area, after the heavy rain that last night struck the entire Ionian arc, with heavy downpours and sirocco winds of up to 100km/h. The municipalities of Policoro and Scanzano, in the province of Matera, are the areas most affected by this new meteorological event, where a whirlwind has caused serious damage to both civil and agricultural structures.
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