KALPETTA: Widespread damage to crops and houses has been reported in the heavy rain in Wayanad district last week. The deputy director for agriculture has put the loss at Rs.2.70 crore, since April 23. The summer rain triggered by cyclonic activity in the hilly district destroyed plantain, rubber, pepper, and areca nut crops.
Loss of plantain crops was mainly reported from Tavinjal, Meenangadi, Poothadi, Edvaka, Kaniyampetta, Panamaram, Vellamunda, and Muttil panchayats. About 169 hectares of plantain crops have been uprooted since March 13. The summer rain has hit coffee plantations, besides harvest of pepper and vegetable crops. Vegetables grown in 432 hectares were destroyed, especially in Tavinjal, Mananthavadi, Kaniyampetta, Edvaka, and Vellamunda Panchayats. The loss of was estimated at Rs. 64 lakh. The total anticipated yield loss in the district since March 13 was estimated at Rs.141 crore, Jose Mathews, Joint Director of Agriculture, said.
Preliminary report showed that 83 houses had been damaged in the rain last Wednesday. Compensation for the crop loss will be paid soon.