Kendrapara, Nov 9 (LocalWire) Farmers in Kendrapara district, who had grown betel vine, paddy and vegetables, are yet to recover from the shock they got due to large scale damage to their standing crops under the impact of Cyclone ‘Bulbul’.
Over 2000 betel-vine farmers suffered heavy loss as millions of their green betel leaves in many ‘Paan’ farms were ruined due to the natural phenomenon.
Mohan Mandal of Jamboo said that they were facing hard times due to alleged indifferent attitude and non-implementation of various projects by the government for betel growers.
“Neither the government nor any insurance company is extending helping hand towards the ‘Paan’ growers of this district for which many farmers could not insure their farms”, said Ajay Sahoo , a betel grower of Talachua.
“I was expecting bumper harvest of paddy crops within a week, but the rains and gale destroyed everything.
I don’t know as to how to repay the bank loan”, said Ramesh Sutar of Aul.
Mahendra Sahoo of Rajkanika said that the cyclone had damaged the back bones of the farmers.
They desperately needed financial assistance from the government.
Rajkanika is known as the vegetable bowl of the district as riverside lands in the villages has all the ingredients for a booming vegetable cultivation.
But, the vegetables crops raised by them has been damaged by the rains, he said.
“I raised vegetables in my three acres of river side land after obtaining a loan of Rs. 30,000 from the agricultural society.
But, the cyclone has destroyed all the crops”, said Manoj Pradhan of Sialia village.
Ramakanta Mandal of Talachua village has lost everything in the cyclone after his three roomed thatched house was damaged in the cyclone.
“Now I am planning to start life afresh in the village for which I need at least 200 pieces of bamboos besides other materials to repair my damaged house”, he said.
Gayadhar Dhal, a farmers’ leader of Kendrapara said crop loss in the district is a recurring feature due to various reasons but the government has no solution to the problems except to pay lip service.
Chief District Agriculture Officer, Mahesh Prasad Rath said “ We have asked all block agricultural officers to submit their report about crop loss and after obtaining their report we will provide helps to all the affected farmers”.