Kendrapara, Oct 26 (LocalWire) The three-day long incessant rains triggered by a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal dashed the hopes of a large numbers of farmers, who were expecting bumper paddy crop, in coastal Kendrapara district.
The rain has also damaged black gram (Biri) and vegetable crops in many parts of the district.
Complaints of crop damage were pouring in from many villages under Aul, Mahakalapada, Derabishi , Rajkanika, Rajnagar, Marsaghai and Garadapur blocks of the district .
Babaji Parida, vice-president of the district unit of Krusaka Sabha has demanded a survey of damages caused to the crops due to rain and payment of appropriate compensation to affected farmers.
“We have lost the standing paddy crop. How will we repay the bank loan? It’s troubling us more”, bemoaned Jiban Prasad Rout, a farmer of Rajkanika.
The recent rains have dealt a severe blow to the agricultural economy of the district and now a large numbers of farmers fear more losses if rainwater is not flushed out of their cultivable lands within a week, said Ashok Rout a farmer of Kendrapara.
The black gram crops are in harvesting stage and next two weeks are very crucial, said Jagannath Das, a farmer of Garadapur.
Senior Congress leader Ganeswar Behera alleged that farmers are facing hard times because of the government’s indifference attitude and non-implementation of various projects for them.
Meanwhile, the Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO), Kendrapara, Mahesh Prasad Rath said about 3.6 Lakh people of the district depend on agriculture in over 1.52 hectors of land. As per the direction of the government, all the block agricultural officers are assessing crop damage in the district. After getting the report, the affected farmers will be provided financial and other helps, he said.