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Pockets of western Odisha face crop loss

Following is a report from the TNIE:

SAMBALPUR: Even as Western Odisha, frequented by drought for the last few years, is looking forward to bumper harvest this kharif season, crop loss due to lack of adequate rainfall during growing and maturing stage of plants has been reported from a few pockets of the region.

While during the initial stage of monsoon there was deficit rainfall in the region, it was supplemented by heavy rain at a later stage. Subsequently the monsoon became weak and there was virtually no rain during the flowering stage of the crop that led to pest attack and moisture stressed condition. Even as farmers of the affected areas lost hope of any yield, district agriculture officials ruled out drought-like condition.

Reports from Bamra block in Sambalpur district state that paddy yield will be affected with the block receiving scattered rain when it was most required during growing stage. Farmers alleged that it is difficult for them to regain even the labour cost.

They said while the farm fields have developed cracks, lack of adequate water during flowering stage of paddy led to moisture stress condition in plant’s cells and subsequent damage to the crop. In Parmanpur village under Pindapathar panchayat of the block, the farmers have let their cattle to graze in paddy fields as they have lost hope of any yield.

Padampur BJP MLA Pradip Purohit claimed that moisture stress condition has also been reported from Hirapur, Kechodadar, Cheliamal, Mandiadhipa, Baidpali, Bhenrajpur villages under Paikmal block of Bargarh district. Purohit said he has asked the Tehsildar to submit a report on the situation so that farmers can get relief in time. He said he would write to the Collector and the Chief Minister on the issue urging them to compensate the farmers.

Similar reports have been received from Baliposhi, Kanchada, Budibahal, Chakuliain, Purukunda, Rambhae, Dantaribahal and Kantapali villages under Barkote block of Deogarh district.

However, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Sambalpur, Ashok Kumar Mohanty said there are some complaints of moisture stress condition from highland areas. But overall crop production would be good and denied drought condition in the district. He further said the crop is almost ready to harvest and his office has not received any report of crop loss.

Admitting stray cases of drought-like situation in some pockets across 14 blocks of the district, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Balangir, Manoranjan Mallick said it should not be construed as drought as majority of areas would have bumper harvest.

Deputy Director of Agriculture, Nuapada, Antaryami Mandal informed that paddy has been cultivated over 82,000 hectares of land and the crop has done exceedingly well in the district. There is no chance of drought revisiting the district, he claimed.

November 26, 2014 at 9:11 am 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

Short supply of certified seeds hits cultivation of pulses and oilseeds in Kalahandi,Orissa

Following is a report from expressbuzz.com:

Short supply of certified seeds has hit cultivation of pulses and oilseeds in Kalahandi. After farmers incurred heavy loss in the last kharif season due to moisture-stress condition, the Agriculture Department decided to give priority to cultivation of pulses and oilseeds in the current rabi season considering the favourable climatic conditions.

Besides, farmers showed interest following the intervention of National Food Security Mission which aimed at increasing production of rice and pulses in a sustainable manner, restoring soil fertility and enhancing farm economy.

The department had decided to cover 2,15,433 hectares (ha) under rabi crops. This include 53,913 ha under paddy, 1,00,000 ha for pulses and 27,450 ha under oilseeds cultivation. The remaining land would be used for vegetable cultivation. The department had placed demand for supply of 3,500 quintals of certified pulses seeds for the district with the Directorate of Agriculture to be sold to farmers through the Agriculture Department sale centres. However, just 300 quintals of seeds have been provided to farmers till now.  

Under such circumstances, farmers are forced to buy seeds from local market. As against the target of 1,00,000 ha, so far 40,250 ha have been covered under pulses. Short supply of certified seeds has hit cultivation of pulses and oilseeds in Kalahandi. After farmers incurred heavy loss in the last kharif season due to moisture-stress condition, the Agriculture Department decided to give priority to cultivation of pulses and oilseeds in the current rabi season considering the favourable climatic conditions.

Besides, farmers showed interest following the intervention of National Food Security Mission which aimed at increasing production of rice and pulses in a sustainable manner, restoring soil fertility and enhancing farm economy.

The department had decided to cover 2,15,433 hectares (ha) under rabi crops. This include 53,913 ha under paddy, 1,00,000 ha for pulses and 27,450 ha under oilseeds cultivation. The remaining land would be used for vegetable cultivation. The department had placed demand for supply of 3,500 quintals of certified pulses seeds for the district with the Directorate of Agriculture to be sold to farmers through the Agriculture Department sale centres. However, just 300 quintals of seeds have been provided to farmers till now.

Under such circumstances, farmers are forced to buy seeds from local market. As against the target of 1,00,000 ha, so far 40,250 ha have been covered under pulses.

January 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment


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