Bolangir, Feb 8 (LocalWire): After the persisting cloudy weather conditions since the past few days over the Balangir district, today’s rainfall is going to affect vegetable crops especially cauliflower, tomato, brinjal and pulses even more.
After the harvest of paddy, the farmers in the rural areas usually cultivate chickpea.
The present weather conditions have put both chana and the standing moong crops under threat.
It would be pertinent to mention that the prices of pulses are on the rise and dal is one of the most basic parts of an Indian meal.
Besides this, the ground would wet the harvested kandul( ararhar) crop.
As far as the vegetables are concerned, the rain would ripen all the tomatoes at once. With a huge amount of ripening tomatoes, the farmers would be at a loss as at the moment, the price of tomatoes is relatively less.
Moreover, at present, the desi variety of cauliflower is getting discoloured due to the cloudy weather and untimely rain.
The onion crops in the field would also be affected by a white pest locally called ( banki). After the rain, the wet and sticky soil would be even more unfavourable for the onion cultivation.
Deputy Director of Agriculture BK Gouda told LocalWire said the officials are keeping an eye on the situation.
Yesterday, the Bolangir town recorded 33mm rainfall. many parts of the district also recorded rainfall.
Edited by Meenal Singh