Jagatsinghpur, August 19 (LocalWire): Heavy rain has caused water-logging in paddy fields of Raghunathpur, Biridi and other blocks of Jagatsinghpur, and drainage of water from the fields has become impossible due to the Hansua drainage channel being choked with weeds, farmers have alleged.
Nearly 15,000 hectares of paddy fields have become water-logged due to the incessant rainfall of the past three days.
Farmers of Biridi and Raghunathpur are unable to transplant the seedlings due to the field being drenched in water.
Hansua drainage channel has a catchment area of 98 kms from Kandarpur to Erasama.
Farmers use water from this channel through lift irrigation points in the event of scanty rainfall during transplantation of paddy seedlings in the Kharif season.
Out of 17,806 hectares of paddy fields in Erasama, 5003 hectares are irrigated.
Heavy rains have caused water-logging in the paddy fields as nearly 4-5 feet of rainwater has deposited on the fields.
Stagnant rainwater needs to be drained from the field as otherwise the transplanted paddy seedlings will be damaged.
Farmers of many villages from Raghunathpur and Biridi block have alleged that the Hansua drainage channel is full of weeds, which is why rainwater cannot be drained through Hansua.
Farmers’ leader Devi Prasad Moharana, Nabaghan Das, Ghansyam Mohanty and others have alleged that no steps have been taken by the authorities to renovate this drainage or clean the weeds creating obstacles in the release of rainwater, they said.
Executive Engineer of Drainage Division Ashish Kumar Mishra has confessed, “The excess water on the paddy fields has not been released due to choking of drainage points by weeds.
Deposit of weeds has resulted in non–release of rainwater and cleaning of weeds has been affected due to fund crunch, so we have pressed local junior engineers to see the situation,” he added.