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Around 40 per cent of the 80,405 hectares has been affected

  • A loss estimation report has been sent to the Government
  • While there was scarcity of rainfall in July, there is now excess
  • Rainfall in July was 112 mm against that month's average of 203 mm
  • Around 8,251 hectares has been affected by heavy rain.

    BIDAR: Agriculture officials have estimated the crop loss owing to delayed rainfall in Bidar in July at Rs. 70 crore. This is the cost of cultivation suffered on 40 per cent of the cropped area, mostly of green gram and black gram.

    "We have already sent the loss estimation report to the Government. We will be requesting Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to provide additional compensation to affected farmers," Agriculture Minister and district in-charge Bandeppa Kashempur said.

    Rainfall in Bidar in July was 112 mm against that month's average of 203 mm.

    Taluk-wise scarcity is as follows: Bidar -94.8 mm of rain against the monthly average of 220 mm, Bhalki-116 mm against 198.8 mm, Basava Kalyan 54 mm against 130 mm and Humnabad 75 mm against 179 mm. Only Aurad had excess rainfall of 237 mm against 213 mm.

    While people in the district suffered from a scarcity in rainfall in July, they have to cope with excess rainfall in August. Around 40 per cent of the 80,405 hectares has been affected owing to the scarcity in July.

    Around 8,251 hectares, which is 10.26 per cent of the total cropped area, has been affected by heavy rain.

    "We are urging the State Government to help us out with both these problems," Mr. Kashempur said.

    The survey of scarcity and rain damage would take into account damage to public property too.

    This will be separately estimated and accounted.

    Efforts would be made to reconstruct this, Mr Kashempur added.

    Zilla Panchayat vice-president Jyothi Charan Rathod, Deputy Commissioner Munish Moudgil, Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary Mallikarjun Math, Joint Director of Agriculture Aman Shaikab, Tehshildar Kashinath Pyage, and others were present.

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