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Rythu Sangham puts crop loss at Rs. 500 crores in Prakasam

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Its team makes field visits to take stock of the situation

‘Jal' impact: APRS leader N. Ranga Rao showing the tobacco affected by viral infection due to rain in Ongole on Thursday. — PHOTO: KOMMURI SRINIVAS
‘Jal' impact: APRS leader N. Ranga Rao showing the tobacco affected by viral infection due to rain in Ongole on Thursday. — PHOTO: KOMMURI SRINIVAS

Putting the crop loss in the district due to the recent rain at over Rs. 500 crores, CPI (M)-led Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangham on Thursday feared drop in the rabi production by 50 per cent. Rabi is the main cropping season in the district with paddy being cultivated in 3.50 lakh acres and tobacco, the principal commercial crop, in over 1.60 lakh acres and other crops accounting for three lakh acres.

Plea to scientists

The farmers now fear fall in agriculture production by at least half because of the untimely and excess rainfall.

Producing at a press conference here the viral-infected tobacco, APRS district secretary N. Ranga Rao along with its president P. Venkata Rao urged scientists from the Central Tobacco Research Institute to visit the fields and immediately suggest a remedy. An APRS team, which included its joint secretary D. Gopinath, made extensive field visits to study the loss caused by rain in the wake of the cyclonic storm ‘Jal', said: “we are worried over rabi prospects.” Paddy farmers had lost seedlings in 15,000 acres enough for transplantation in 1.50 lakh acres, while cotton crop in about 50,000 acres across the district had been totally lost because of rain during the flowering stage.

They wanted the government to come to rescue of farmers, particularly tenant farmers by arranging crop loan and seed free of cost and undertake fresh enumeration of crop loss for seeking Central assistance.


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