Kendrapara, June 13 (LocalWire): Farmers from the coastal district of Kendrapara and its nearby areas are harried because of the delay in the arrival of the monsoons.
‘Monsoons usually reach Kendrapara by the first week of June but this year. The delayed monsoon has resulted in parched lands and the crops we have sown is drying,’ said Randhir Das, a farmer from Garadapur.
Gayadhar Dhal, the secretary of district unit of Krusaka Sabha said ‘Farmers in the district grow paddy in over 1,60,025 hectares of land.
The hot and dry weather has hit several crops including paddy, sugarcane, sunflower and other vegetable crops. 65 percent of farmers need rain to cultivate their land in the district.’
‘The delayed monsoon is only a warning indicating the plight of the farmers this season. Non-supply of water in the canals in the district has added to the woe of the farmers,’ said a farmer Babaji Parida of Mulabasant village.
‘Several farmers had sown paddy in their lands on Akshaya Tritya and had started to plough the fields but had to stop half way through owing to the dryness of the land caused due to lack of rain,’ said Jagajiban Das of Chandanagar.
The deputy director of agricultural department, Mitrodoya Das, said, ‘Farmers should not panic as a good rain will mitigate their woes. Paddy saplings will be affected only if monsoon gets delayed by more than a month.’