Kendrapara, Dec 15 (LocalWire) Large numbers of farmers of coastal Kendrapara are worried on Saturday after large areas of the district faced light drizzle and gusty wind due to a low pressure formed over Bay of Bengal.
Farmers fear that the unseasonal rains may damage the already ripened paddy crops and vegetables.
The Met department has predicted that deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is moving northwestward. It could intensify into a cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.
The depression may make landfall around Andhra Pradesh on Monday afternoon and then turn northeastward due to upper level strong westerly winds; as a result, heavy rain is expected in Odisha .
“Around 70 per cent of harvesting of paddy crops is completed. If it rains with high velocity winds, paddy and vegetables will completely be damaged,” said Shyamasundarpur farmer Arakhita Behera.
Beradi farmer Chitta Sahoo said: “Unseasonal rain and wind can damage paddy and vegetable crops.”
Farmers at riverside areas of Marsaghai, Garadapur, Rajkanika, Aul and Mahakalapada areas of the district, known for groundnut cultivation, are worried too.
“Rains can damage groundnut crops,” said Sktidhar Jena of Mahakalapada who raised groundnut over his two acre land.
Farmers have been expecting a bumper paddy crop this year but the adverse weather condition could play a spoilsport.
Many farmers have already taken loans from cooperative societies , private money lenders and rice businessmen.
“They will suffer in a big way in case of rains during peak harvesting season,” said Gayadhar Dhal a farmers’ leader of Kendrapara.
Many riverside farmers are using boats to carry harvested paddy to safer places fearing rain.
“We have advised the farmers not to leave their harvested crops in the open. Many farmers have already shifted their crops from the fields to their homes and other safer places,” said Mitrodoya Das deputy director (agriculture) department in Kendrapara.