Kendrapara, June 28 (LocalWire): The delay in monsoons and non-availability of water in major canals during the summer months have added to the woes of the farmers in Kendrapara district and its nearby areas.
‘We are facing lot of problems because water has not been released in the canals,’ said Sunakar Singh of Kathiapada village.
‘The land has developed cracks and the sown crops are drying.
We thought the monsoon was here after it rained for three days but it was false hope,’ said Madhaba Chandra Das, a farmer of Gandakhia.
Mitrodaya Das, the deputy director of agriculture, Kendrapara, asked farmers not to panic as rains in the first week of July will lessen their miseries.
‘We hope a good rain will mitigate the woes of the farmers. Paddy saplings will be affected only if monsoon gets delayed by more than two weeks,’ he said.
Farmers of the district grow paddy in over 1,60,025 hectares of land.
The persistent spell of hot and dry weather could hit several crops including paddy, sugarcane, sunflower and vegetable crops. Around 65 percent of farmers need rain to cultivate their land in the district,’ said Bijay Parida, a farmers’ leader of Kendrapara.
Each year, water is released in Kendrapara, Pattamundai, Jamboo and Marsaghai canals in April to raise crops but the slow pace of repair work dried up all the major canals this summer. Due to non-availability of canal water, thousands of people are reeling under acute water shortage both for drinking and agricultural purposes, added Parida.
Giridhari Jena of Kansar village said, ‘The slipshod attitude of the officers towards the renovation of the canals have led to such a sorry plight of the farmers. The delayed monsoon is only a warning of the plight of farmers this season. The farmers who started off in a fast pace by ploughing the fields had to stop half way. Some farmers who were all set to start ploughing could not carry it out due to the drying up of the land.’