Farmers may not be able to harvest
Standing crops such as paddy, ragi and maize that are ready for harvest in the district have been hit by the Jal cyclone. Farmers fear that they may not be able to harvest their crops on time because of incessant rain.
On an average, the district receives 45.5 mm rain in November. But this time, the district recorded 71.8 mm rain in the second week of the month itself. This has affected agriculture in the district, according to officials.
Officials from the Agriculture Department said that paddy and maize were the major crops of the district, grown on 1,07,763 hectares and 68,199 hectares of land, respectively. Incessant rain prevented farmers from harvesting these crops.
Joint Director of Agriculture Shivamurthappa said farmers should drain water from their fields and postpone harvesting till the rain receded. Owing to moisture, cloudy weather and drizzle, there were chances of pest attack on the paddy crop. To avoid it, farmers should use pesticides. However, they should not use pesticides 20 days before harvesting the crops.
Activists of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) staged a demonstration here on Thursday in protest against the delay in payment of compensation to farmers for crop loss owing to rain. They submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar urging the Government to pay compensation to maize growers. C.G. Madhusudan, Anup and Chetan, NSUI leaders, and Congress leader K. Devendrappa led the activists.