Kendrapara, May 5 (LocalWire): The incessant rains due to cyclone Fani has extensively damaged large tracts of cash crops in the district and the district administration has directed the district agriculture officer to submit a report about the crop loss.
Green gram, black gram, vegetables, banana and other crops in Garadapur Rajnagar, Aul, Rajkanika, Derabishi, Marsaghai,Mahakalapada and Pattamundai blocks across the coastal pockets of Kendrapara district have been damaged.
‘We were preparing to harvest the lentils within a week but the incessant rains ruined our crops,’ said Purnachandra Sahoo, a farmer from Garadapur village.
Each year farmers from the coastal area face crop loss due to cyclone, flood, less rain or unseasonable rain.
But the authorities pay only lip service to the problems, they rued. Farmers across the district are still trying to measure the extent of the damage to their crops.
Some farmers harvested the Biri and Mung crops hurriedly after Cycloe Fani was predicted to lash the coastal district.
They stocked the crop in their houses. ‘I harvested Biri crops in the acre of land that I own five days back.
But I could not harvest the three acres in my village Bharatapur due to non-availability of workers.
The rain totally ruined it,’ said Chitaranjan Das of Bharatpur.
Complaints of crop damage is pouring in from many villages in the district.
‘We have lost all the cabbage that we had were growing.
How we will return the bank loan is troubling us,’ said Bhaskar Jena a farmer from Kalasapur.
Farmers fear more losses if rainwater is not flushed out from their lands within a week, said Umesh Chandra Singh, leader and president of the district unit of Krusaka Sabha.
The government’s faulty agricultural policy is the main reason behind the woes of the farmers, believes Singh .
The farmers don’t insure their crops and therefore suffer during any natural calamity.
The government is yet to formulate a concrete policy to insure the agricultural lands and as a result large number of farmers do not receive any compensation, he said.
The Collector of Kendrapara Dasarathai Satapathy assured, ‘All the cyclone-affected farmers will be provided loans by the government, cooperative banks and other financial organisations. Seeds will also be given.’