Staff Reporter

Entire district, except five mandals, is declared drought-hit

Rainfall situation in the district is worst compared to past two years

Seed supply on 50 per cent subsidy, says Collector

Rajahmundry: The district administration is on toes as the state government declared almost all the mandals except five mandals- Maredumilli, Y. Ramavaram, Yeleswaram, Kotananduru and Pitapuram in East Godavari district. Scanty rainfall and difference of rainfall with dry spell, reduction in plantation area, scarcity of drinking water, shortage of fodder, unemployment in non-forming sector are prime reasons for declaring the district drought-hit area.

District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi said “We are trying to bring it to the notice of the government that five left over mandals are also badly hit by drought and District Review Committee (DRC) is called especially to discuss drought-prone areas”.

However, the rainfall situation in the district is worst compared to past two years. Absolutely there is no rainy season this year in Godavari districts, which has to start at least by June last week or July first week. In last three months the rainfall recorded in the district was 36.4 mms in June against 120 mm, 176 mm against 231 mm in July and 128 mm against 213 mm in August.

The plantation area in kharif also came down from 2.30 lakh hectares to 1.81 hectares.

The Collector said that re-scheduling of long-term agriculture loans was possible in drought-hit mandals. Seed supply on 50 per cent subsidy and other horticulture plantation would be taken up on a war-footing basis. Banks have to give Rs.1260 crores towards farm loans out of which Rs.600 crores were given in kharif and rest will be given for Rabi crop.

T. Nandaiah, Joint Director, Agriculture department, has said that farmers have not done plantation on 1.65 lakh acres in kharif in the district due to scanty rainfall.

7 in Vizianagaram

VIZIANAGARAM: The State Government has declared Poosapatirega, Bhogapuram, Denkada and Vepada in Vizianagaram division and Pachipenta, Ramabhadrapuram and Jiyyammavalasa in Parvathipuram division as drought-hit mandals in the district. Merakamudidam mandal in Vizianagaram division that recorded deficit rainfall of –24.2 per cent was however not included for unknown reasons in the list of mandals declared as drought affected; but Ramabhadrapuram that recorded a deficit of –19.7 per cent found a place in the list. The rainfall deficit was ranging from –19.7 per cent to –49.4 per cent in these mandals. The worst hit mandals were: Denkada (-33.9 %), Poosapatirega (-49.4%), Bhogapuram(-47.6%), Jiyyammavalasa (-29.8%) and Pachipenta (-25.3%).

The percentage of variation (given in brackets) in the crop area of paddy sown in irrigated conditions in these mandals were: Poosapatirega: area sown zero against normal area of 1787 ha (-100 per cent), Bhogapuram: area sown 28 ha against normal 1077 ha (-97.4), Denkada: 10 ha against 2694 ha (-99.6), Vepada: 450 ha against 3763 ha (-88), Ramabhadrapuram: 280 ha against 1699 ha (- 82.9) Pachipenta: 138 ha against 942 ha (-85.3) and Jiyyammavalasa: area sown 2136 ha against the normal area of 5813 ha (-63.3 per cent).