Heavy gale, with cloudburst, causes extensive damage
VIJAYAWADA: Just when mango farmers have begun to estimate returns on the crop yield, a powerful squall swept across the region on Saturday evening, leaving them counting their losses.
Heavy gales accompanied by short bouts of cloudburst have caused extensive damage to the mango crop in parts of Krishna district. According to a preliminary report prepared by the Horticulture Department, the unexpected windstorm has resulted in 20-30 per cent of fruit dropping. This season, mango was cultivated in 62,000 hectares in Nuzvid, Jaggayyapeta, Nandigama and Avanigadda divisions. All the 18 mandals covered under mango cultivation have been affected by the strong gales.
“Of the 40 per cent of fruit-setting this year, 50 per cent of the crop had been harvested. And of the remaining 50 per cent crop, gales destroyed 20-30 per cent,” said K. Manmadha Rao, Assistant Director of the Horticulture Department, Krishna district, on Sunday.
Mr. Rao said since the damage was caused to the ‘yield’ and not to the crop, the Government would have to consider it as a ‘special case’ for compensation. Besides, a preliminary report also indicates extensive damage to banana crop in 400 hectares in places like Penamaluru, Kankipadu, Thotlavalluru and parts of Mopidevi. “Over 50 per cent of banana yield is believed to have been damaged,” said Mr. Rao.
Other crops affected by gales include papaya, beetle nut and vegetables.