Kendrapara, July 24 (LocalWire): After a good spell of rain during the months of April and May due to low pressure, the South East monsoons have entered rather a weak phase during the crucial period of cultivation in June and July.
“The rain is important not only for the rain-fed crops but for the entire region because rainwater in the rivers is used for irrigation through canals,” said Ashok Jena, a farmer of Bharatapur village.
“The district needs only 33 millimeters of rain in April but it received 148 millimeters of rain this April.
Similarly, in May, the district received 161 millimeters of rainfall though it needs only 94 millimeters of rain.
During the important phase of cultivation in June and July, the district received less rainfall than was needed.
It received only 150 millimeters of rain instead of 208 millimeters of rain in June, and 111 millimeters of rain instead of the required 317 millimeters in July.
Monsoon rainfall this July was almost one-third less than normal.
In April and May, the district received excess rain due to cyclones and low pressures in the sea,” said Sambeet Satapathy, the district emergency officer.
“Excess rain in April and May damaged summer paddy crops and vegetables, and less rain in June and July has been a blow to the farmers who depend on monsoon rain for the purpose of cultivation.
Planting of paddy saplings and several other crops trailed following weak monsoon.
The paddy saplings in these areas are in imminent danger of failing, partially due to water shortage.
This follows poor monsoon precipitation in the present season.
Due to less rain, many farmers delayed their cultivation and sowing work.
The irregular supply of electricity in the rural areas has also added the woe of the farmers,” said Umesh Chandra Singh, the president of the district unit of Krusaka Sabha.
The irregular supply of electricity in rural areas has also added to the woe of the farmers.
Out of 1620 Lift Irrigation points, 496 are not working in the district.
Non- availability of sufficient water in the Kendrapara, Pattamundai, Jamboo and Marsaghai canals has added to the woes of the farmers, added Singh.
When contacted, Ashok Mahasuar, the Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO) of Kendrapara said, “Kendrapara areas got less rain in June and July. But the situation is not alarming.
A good spell of rain in August will help the farmers raise the paddy crop over their land.”