Baripada, May 2 (LocalWire): Allegedly, at least 1,535.32 hectares of Rabi crop in the Mayurbhanj district have been damaged by heavy rains over the last 7 days.
The affected blocks were Khunta,Gopabandhunagar, Karanjia, Kusumi, and Badasahi.
Chief District Agriculture Officer of Mayurbhanj Damodar Sethi said that the farmers of 11 Gram Panchayats in Khunta block, 10 GPs in Gopabandhunagar block, 5 GPs in Karanjia block, 3 GPs in Kusumi and 25 GPs within Badasahi block have been affected by crop damage.
Mr. Sethi said that farmers in Badasahi block have been affected more than the other four blocks as 523 hectares of paddy and 478 hectares of non-paddy have been damaged there.
Similarly, 79 hectares of non-paddy and 2 hectares of paddy have been reportedly damaged in the Karanjia block.
Mr. Sethi said that a special joint verification on crop damage will be carried out by the agriculture and revenue departments in the affected blocks.
The report will be submitted before the Special Relief Commission and the district administration.
Mr. Sethi also said that the Kusumi block had received the highest rainfall of 445 mm, followed by Khunta and Gopabandhunagar, both of whom received 301.34 mm.
Karanjia and Badasahi blocks received 199 mm each, compared to the 52.5 mm which is the normal expected rainfall in April.