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“Nuakhaibhet” 2010 celebrated at Bengaluru

On 26th Sept 2010, “Nuakhaibhet Cultural and Welfare Association” organized the 10th anniversary of “Nuakhaibhet” celebration in National Games Village, Bengaluru. This function is organised in consonance with “Nuakhai”, the harvest festival widely celebrated in KOSAL (western parts of Odisha). Non resident Kosali’s residing in Bengaluru, has been organizing this function since last ten years.

Renowned cartoonist Dr. Aswini Kumar Rath from Balangir graced this function as Chief Guest. On this occasion “Nuakhaibhet Cultural and Welfare Association” also felicitated Aswini-Abani, the only cartoonist brother duo of the world. Internationally prize winning cartoons of Aswini-Abani were also exhibited during this occasion.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary year of the celebration a souvenir “Surta” was released containing articles on the festivals, food, culture and also progress at Bengaluru. Prime Minister

Dr.Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi expressed their wishes to the community through this magazine.

Chief convenor Mr.Abhimanyu Gadtia gave an overall perspective of “Nuakhai” as a function and its importance in maintaining the cultural harmony. Sri Gopal Mishra, Sri …. (san barsa agyan) also addressed the gathering.

“Chitrasen Musical Group” from Titlagarh, Odisha, spellbound the audience with their sambalpuri musical performances with instruments like “Nissan”, “Tasa” and “Dhol”. Many local artists also added colours to the function with their folk songs and dances.

Apart from the cultural activities the most popular program was the Western Orissa quiz competition, which generated a lot of curosity amongst the present audience.

Also ladies Musical chair,Children Drawing competition and Nuakhai Talent Hunt was enjoyed by all and one.

Many intellectuals from Bengaluru and outside were present in the function which was attended by more than 500 people.

People also enjoyed the local cuisines of Kosal like Kardi bhendi Khata, Alu putal etc.

Acknowledgment: Thanks to Shri Satyajit Nayak for sharing the information

September 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm 1 comment

Scanty rains trigger drought fears in large part of western Orissa

Following is a report by IANS published in Yahoo:

Bhubaneswar, Sep 2 (IANS) Poor monsoon rains have triggered drought fears in half of Orissa, an official said Thursday. ‘At least 15 of state’s 30 districts have recorded less then normal (averagge) rains,’ a senior official of the state agriculture department told IANS.

Paddy and other kharif crops are likely to be the worst affected in the tribal populated districts of Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj, he said. A good monsoon is crucial for this eastern state which contributes almost one-tenth of India’s rice production.

Last year, 3,264 villages in 15 of the state’s 30 districts faced a drought due to a scanty monsoon and erratic rains.

‘The state had received rains 21 per cent below normal (average) by the end of August, as a result of which the threat of drought is looming in several districts’, he said.

The other districts which received less rains included Jajpur, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Subarnapur, and Kendrapada, he said

September 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Lack of rainfall : Drought fear in Balangir district

Following report is from The Pioneer:

Crucial operations for the Kharif paddy cultivation like transplanting and beushaning (blind cultivation) have come to a standstill in Balangir district due to the lack of rainfall since the first week of August. There is a threat of drought here.

Most agricultural lands in the district are upland where paddy is sown by the broadcasting method. Agriculture official sources said that broadcasting of paddy cultivation has been taken up in 1,01,100 hectare of land. However, shortage of rainfall has affected beushaning.

Similarly, in Bahal (low land), transplanting has to be taken up in 77,000 hectares of land, but the absence of rain has affected the operation. The transplanting process has been completed only in 60 per cent of the Bahal land.

A few days ago, Bongomunda and Titilagarh blocks received good rain. However, there has been no rainfall in Patnagarh and Balangir blocks, said an agriculture official. Unless there is rainfall within the next seven days, the crop situation, first of all, in uplands would be really precarious. As such, 30 per cent of upland has not been covered at all, he pointed out.

If the prolonged dry spell continues, it may result in drought, said the agriculture official. As farmers point out, in previous years they used to complete all operations, including transplanting and beushaning by Shravan Purnima as there was hardly any problem of rain. The number of continuous rainy days, locally known as Jhadi Barsha, is absent this year.

There seems to be a drought-like situation. The district administration should prepare contingency plans for this, said president of the Zilla Krushak Mahasnagh Sudhir Parischha.

With the monsoon playing hide-and-seek, farmers are worried to save their crops while a few of them expect formation of low pressure to end the dry spell.

August 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Displaced families under the Hirakud dam project seek rehabilitation

Following is a report from The http://www.merinews.com:

THE HIRAKUD Dam (HD) in Orissa has the unique distinction of being the longest dam on earth. Built across the river Mahanadi, about 15 km upstream of Sambalpur, HD is the first post independence multi-purpose river valley project in India. It is intended for flood control irrigation and power generation. The foundation stone of the dam was laid by Sir Howthrone Lewis on March 15, 1946 and on January 13, 1957, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the dam calling it the temple of modern India.

The project provides water for 1,55,635 hectares of Kharif and 1,08,385 hectares of Rabi irrigation of undivided Sambalpur, Bolangir and parts of Kalahandi districts. The water released through the power house further irrigates 4,36,000 hectares of the Mahanadi delta. The dam’s installed capacity of power generation is 307.4 mw through its two power houses. The project provides flood protection to 9,500 sq km of delta area in the districts of Cuttack and Puri.

At the time of its construction, the project involved submergence of 240 villages with fertile agricultural land of about 42,000 hectares. The land-owing peasants were paid compensation in cash, which varied from Rs 50 to 200 per acre. Around 22,000 families were displaced by the project and their displacement and rehabilitation has been a major issue in Orissa politics since the 1950s.

About 1.5 lakh people were affected by the Hirakud project.

In the original estimate, an amount of Rs 12 crores was provided for payment of compensation to the affected people. After revision, the amount was reduced to Rs 9.5 crores and the total compensation paid to the people was, in reality, only Rs 3.32 crores. A large number of families were evacuated from their hearth and homes without compensation from 1956 onwards.

At the moment, more than 6,000 families are yet to receive their compensation and due to faulty and inefficient recording of personal details, they have lost all hopes and have exhausted all efforts in the last 50 years. More than 10,000 people, on March 30, 2007, in Bhubaneswar, organised a rally, under the banner of Hirakud Budi Anchal Sangram Samiti, rising slogans against the government for its continuous apathy and indifference to the ousters of Hirakud Dam.

“Since long, the government and administration have been making promises to look into the grievances of the displaced people but nothing has been done. Out of the 22,000 families, 12,700 families are scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST), and these were forcibly displaced,” said Laxmi Gudu. He further added, “so far 7000 families have been resettled in 17 rehabilitation camps and neighbouring villages. It is estimated that about 9,944 families have not yet been rehabilitated and not been paid their due compensation. Providing homestead land and resettlement including other facilities for the ousters is laying in the cold storage since long. ”

The Hirakhand Nagarik Parishad (HKNP), an elite organisation of Sambalpur town, made a representation to the President of India complaining against the supply of water to the industries. They also alleged that the dry part of the reservoir is being encroached upon by some industrialists, who have raised concrete cement structures.

On October 26, 2006, the locals and farmers formed a 20 km long human chain, from one end of the dam to the other, to voice their protest against the decision of the state government. The people’s discontent has found expression through numerous rallies, protest marches and public discussion and meetings. The voice of protest hardly reaches the government seated in Bhubaneswar. Supply of water was seriously criticised at the national level conference of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, held at Delhi. It was pointed out that more than two lakh farmers, directly, and 50,000 farmers, indirectly, would lose their livelihood because of the government’s decision to supply water to industrial houses.

July 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

Paddy crop to suffer if Balangir doesn’t receive enough rain: farmers of Balangir district are worried

Following is a report from The Pioneer (reported by Sudhir Mishra):

Hundreds of farmers of Balangir district and elsewhere in the State are a worried lot as Monsoon rain plays hide-and-seek with them, bringing agricultural operations of paddy and other crops to a virtual grinding halt.

Balangir district recorded an alarming 67 per cent deficient rainfall in June, receiving only 69 mm rainfall against the normal 217mm. However, in July, although the rainfall is so far 220 mm, it is much behind the average 338 mm for the month.

If one goes by the average rainfall, it would not give a clear picture. The weekly rainfall received and its analysis is most important. In the first week of July, the district got 66 mm of rainfall and in the next week 125 mm. However, in the third week, only 22 mm of rainfall was recorded.

Transplanting and Beushaning operations of paddy crop have been withheld due to the absence of the required rain. Unless there is rainfall within next seven days, there would be moisture stress of paddy field and subsequent wilting of the plants, explained an official here.

Kharif paddy was targeted to be taken up in 1,88,300 hectares in the district, while cultivation has been undertaken in 1,08,000 hectares. Unless there is adequate rainfall within next seven days, the situation could be worse, pointed out president of Zila Krushak Mahasangha Sudhir Parischha

However, in this backdrop, cultivation of non-paddy crops like cotton, maize, groundnut and pulses have been taken up in 68,000 hectares.

July 23, 2010 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Left canal of Indravati dam near Kasibahal, Kalahandi broke out; Spreads resentment among the farmers

Following is a report from The Samaja:

April 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

District-level workshop held on high-yielding SRI paddy cultivation

Following is a report by The Pioneer:

A district-level workshop on SRI method of paddy cultivation was held at Rajaji Town Hall at Padampur in Bargarh district under the chairmanship of president of Shramika Sangha, Sohela, Muralidhar Sahu on Tuesday.

The workshop was organised by Sahabhagi Vikash Abhiyan (SVA) in collaboration with Dehradun-based NGO People’s Science Institute (PSI). While State SC/ST Development Minister Bijaya Ranjan Singh Bariha attended the workshop as chief guest, Padampur sub-collector Prabhat Ku Bhoi and NAC Padampur chairman Pritam Meher were the guests of honour. District agriculture officer Pradip Kumar Barik attended as chief speaker.

Sahabhagi Vikash Abhiyan (SVA) has been working on the development of agriculture in western Odisha and it has been organising various training programmes for farmers in Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Balangir districts.

Notably the SRI method of paddy cultivation yields double production to the farmers. In the workshop, several successful farmers from Bargarh district who followed the SRI method gave their view and explained the advantages of the SRI method. Among others Bargarh district coordinator of SVA, Hrushikesh Pradhan, programme officer of SVA, Satyanarayan Kar, plant protection officer of Padampur, Tapan Ku Mohapatra and VAW Padampur, Upendranath Kuar attended the workshop.

January 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Another farmer suicide in Sundergarh

Read the complete report from The Dharitri here.

December 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Farmer suicides are not due to crop loss:Minister for Agriculture,Orissa

Following is a report from The Samaja:

December 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Farmers facing problem in Nuapada district

This report is from The Dharitri. Read the complete report here.

December 20, 2009 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

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