Jagatsinghpur, July 22(LocalWire): A farmer collapsed and died in his field today shocked to see sown paddy on four acres of his land withered due to scanty rainfall in Parianka village under Balia panchyat of Kujang block.
He was rushed to Kujang hospital where doctor declared him brought dead. Police sent the body for post-mortem.
Scanty rainfall coupled with depleting water level have created a drought-like situation in several areas of Jagatsinghpur with sowed fields turning barren with cracks and withered crops.
Deputy director, agriculture, Ram Chandra Nayak, directed district agriculture officer, Tirtol, to conduct an inquiry into Maheswer Nayek’s death on the field. Compensation will be given as per norms and conditions after the inquiry is over.
‘The district agriculture officer and assistant agriculture officer have been asked to give a detailed blockwise report about the deficient rainfall and damage to paddy crop by tomorrow,’ Nayak added.
Thousands of farmers in many parts of this district are a worried lot with several hectares of paddy crops having been damaged due to deficient rainfall.
The situation has been worsened in Kujang and Erasama where paddy fields are mostly rain fed.
Farmers alleged that hundreds in this panchyat have been affected by insufficient rainfall and depleting water levels of local water bodies.
Farmers urged the administration to provide irrigation facilities to these paddy fields.
They said several tanks, which are the main sources of water for irrigation has gone dry.
Water bodies are completely dry in 30 panchayats of Kujang and Erasama blocks.
‘The blistering heat and scanty rain fall which made life miserable, is now adding woes with water sources like rivers and ponds in the panchayat drying up fast.
Nayak was a poor famer so he became senseless after witnessing the condition of the paddy crop in his field.
We have sought the intervention of the administration and the agriculture department to provide compensation to the bereaved family’ Sarpanch of Balia, Pabitra Kumar Sethy, said.
From July until now, rainfall has been infrequent.
The district has received only 60 per cent of the usual rainfall in June. While the normal rainfall is 202.03 mm in the area, it received only 141.39mm. In the 20 days in July, the district has received only 47 percentage rainfall.
While normal rainfall is 277.03mm it has received 132 mm rainfall till date.