Berhampur, September 9 (LocalWire): Akhilanand Sabat of Burupada in Ganjam district’s Hinjili block was looking forward to harvesting a bumper crop of cauliflower this year. His hope, however, was shattered with the recent incessant rains in the district for three days destroying the crop in around five acres of land.
Ashok Panda from Khandara Chanduli of the same block is also a shattered man with his brinjal crop spread across two-acre land getting submerged in the rainwater.
According to the available rainfall data, Hinjili received around 314-mm rainfall last Thursday.
The block, part of the assembly segment of chief minister Naveen Pantiak, is well known for the production of horticulture crops, particularly varieties of vegetable crops and chili.
However, the standing crop here has been majorly affected with incessant rain flooding the cropland. “We don’t think the crops will survive after being under the water for over four to five days,” Ajay Moharana of Hinjili said.
The rain has also impacted the vegetable crops in Purushottampur, Aska and Sheragada that feeds entire Ganjam and nearby districts.
According to reports vegetable crops like brinjal, cabbage, cauliflower, and cucumber have been damaged in the rain that battered the district last week.
“The fields are still submerged. We will be able to estimate the exact loss of the farmers after the water recedes,” Ganjam district deputy director of horticulture Digambar Panda said.
A preliminary report, however, indicates that crops in an area of 226 hectares have been submerged, Panda stated, adding that, “A joint verification would be conducted by the officers of agriculture, horticulture and revenue departments to estimate the quantum of crop loss.”
According to the deputy director of agriculture (DDA) Manoj Behera, an estimated 4,000 hectares with paddy crop in 13 blocks is under the water. The exact loss would be estimated soon and to submit the government.
Affected farmers are unlikely to get the compensation from crop insurance for their loss since the paddy was not covered under the submerge category, sources said.
The DDA, however, said that the department would soon submit a report on the impact on the crop so that the government can take necessary steps.