Kendrapara, August 25 (LocalWire): Vegetable prices in the district have gone up due to five-day long torrential rain, as it has damaged the vegetable crops of many farmers in the coastal district of Kendrapara.
While prices of vegetables came down last month due to the good weather, the prices have gone up recently due to torrential rain for five days.
Large tracts of crops like radish, ladies’ finger, beans, brinjal, parwal, pointed gourd, wild snake gourd, and other seasonal vegetables were damaged in the five day long incessant rain.
“Many vegetable farmers fear that the rain might have damaged early sown vegetables due to the increase in the groundwater level as brinjal, parwal and other crops generally get diseased due to the untimely rain,” said Mahendra Sahoo, a vegetable grower of Pattamundai.
Brinjals, which were price at Rs 20 per kg last week, are now being sold at Rs 30 in Kendrapara. The price of parwals has gone up from Rs 25 to Rs 40 per kg.
Mohammad Aziuddin, a vegetable seller of Kendrapara said, “Prices generally come down in August but the heavy rain for the past five days has devastated the standing vegetable crops.”
Most of the vegetables including pumpkin and ladies’ fingers among other vegetables have registered a two-fold increase in their prices.
In many areas, to avoid losses, vegetable growers had to harvest even tender ones, leading to soaring demand and high prices, said Bijaya Sahoo, a vegetable seller of Kendrapara.
“Large tracts of vegetable fields are in knee-deep water as there is no drainage system for stagnant water.
Every year, farmers face losses due to flood, less rain or unseasonal heavy rain.
The authorities have done nothing to resolve the issues of the farmers,” said Umesh Chandra Singh, a farmers’ leader in Kendrapara.
Many farmers demanded that the government make proper assessment of their crop loss due to rains.
When contacted, Kanda Jena, the Assistant Director of Horticulture Department of Kendrapara said, “After assessing the damage, we will send a report to the government.”