Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: The district Collector has said the State government issued orders declaring 50 mandals in the district as drought hit. The district witnessed 58 per cent deficit rainfall resulting in decreased sowings across the district.

Collector N. Sridhar said paddy was sown in just 23,000 hectares as against 1,31,147 hectares owing poor rainfall. Efforts were being made to help farmers opt for alternate crops in 75,823 hectares.

The seeds such as green gram, groundnut sunflower, maize and others were being made available for the farmers.

The seeds to the tune of 14,680 quintal would be in demand and 6,000 quintals were already distributed among the farmers.

Similarly, the district administration proposed to encourage farmers who wish to sow fodder seed and has made available 70 metric tones available.

It was also being planned to take up other works such as deepening of wells, repairing bore wells, extension of pipelines among others to overcome the water shortage in the days to come.

“A comprehensive plan is ready with an estimate of Rs. 3 crore to tackle water shortage problem,” Mr Sridhar said. Alternatively, efforts were also being made to cover as many people as possible under the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGS) scheme.

Personnel were appointed to ensure speedy payment of bills and to verify credentials of beneficiaries.

Crop loss

Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: The government has declared in its notification all the 52 mandals in Adilabad district as drought hit due to the enormous crop loss.

The Agriculture Department has put the crop loss due to drought conditions this year at Rs. 450 crore, according to a report sent to the government.

Owing to prolonged dry spell and untimely rains nearly 50 per cent of the crop will be lost as per the official estimates.

The crops to suffer major damage are paddy, soya bean, green gram, black gram, jowar and maize and cotton to some extent.

Rainfall this season was efficient at minus 40 per cent in almost all the mandals.