Over 50 p.c. of kharif crops withered owing to scanty rainfall in the district
Over 50 per cent of kharif crops were lost in Bijapur district this year owing to scanty rainfall. The loss is estimated at Rs. 197 crore, according to a recent survey by the district administration.
According to official sources, average rainfall in the district is 631.6 mm, and so far this year the district has received only 202.4 mm rainfall.
The Department of Agriculture had set a target of cultivating kharif crops on 4.3 lakh hectares. However, the coverage was only 1.86 lakh hectares. But nearly 52 per cent of the crops cultivated on the 1.86 lakh hectares of land withered owing to deficient rainfall.
According to the district administration, there is shortage of drinking water in more than 80 villages of the district. Water is being supplied through tankers in nine villages of Indi taluk where the situation is worse. If the dry spell continues, the administration will have to supply drinking water through tankers in 30 more villages, sources said.
The authorities have submitted a proposal seeking release of Rs. 62.1 lakh for tackling drinking water problem in Indi taluk, Rs. 55 lakh for Basavanbagewadi taluk and Rs. 40 lakh for tackling the problem in Muddebihal taluk.
The administration has Rs. 1.29 crore for addressing the problem in Bijapur and Sindagi taluks, sources said.
A source in the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat alleged that the district administration had not taken up drought-relief works in spite of having Rs. 1.7 crore under the Calamity Relief Fund. “The major reason for the delay is negligent attitude of the officials concerned,” he said.