Berhampur, Nov 8 (LocalWire): Even though the impact of the cyclonic storm Bulbul is likely to be less in Ganjam, the farmers in the district are in panic as the rains under its influence might affect the standing crops.
The farmers, who have already suffered due to the unseasonal rains in the last month, will further face trouble if heavy rains lash due to the Bulbul’s effect.
‘We are worried that the gusty winds and lashing rains in the district will severely affect the standing paddy and sugarcane crops,’ said Sameer Pradhan, a farmer from Kankorada in Sheragada block. The plants are at their harvesting stage and might be affected severely when it rains, he said.
Sameer and other farmers of the district have bore the brunt of the fury of the rain God, when the district experienced heavy rains in the last week of October.
The district agriculture officials had estimated the unseasonal rains to have affected around 8000 hectares out of the total 2.09 lakh hectares in the district.
Official sources said chances of Bulbul affecting the district is very less, even though the IMD predicted that the the coastal areas might experience rain as well as winds at the speed of 50km per hour.
‘We have alerted every officer and cancelled their leaves,’ said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. He said agriculture and horticulture officials were on their jobs. ‘We are prepared to meet any eventuality,’ he added. The Collector said people need not panic as Bulbul is likely to spare the district.
The fishermen who were in the sea have already returned to their respective villages following news of the possible cyclonic storm. ‘We have also instructed fishermen not to venture into the sea in the next two days,’ said an officer.
Deputy Director of Agriculture Kasinath Khuntia said the standing crops would not be affected if there was moderate rains.