Farmers of Ramnad big tank facing heavy loss
: Fully grown paddy crop in the ayacuts of Ramanathapuram big tank has been submerged in rainwater, owing to unexpected downpour during the last few days. Farmers are facing heavy loss.
The timing of the rain has come as rude shock to the farmers, as they are about to harvest the crop in a day or two.
The paddy fields, situated in the side and downstream of the big tank, are the only assured irrigated fields in the entire district.
Unlike the usual season of undertaking cultivation in the rest of the district, which is between September and January, the farmers of the big tank area start farming operation only during October. They would intensify the operation depending upon the rain and storage in the tank.
Since the last rainy season turned out to be a highly successful one, the farmers of the big tank brought almost all fields under paddy cultivation.
Expectedly, the standing crop was good until the third week of April.
Though a section of farmers managed to harvest during that period, the farmers, who waited for an opportunity to harvest the fields, bore the brunt of the summer rain, which lashed several parts of the district during the last one week.
According to a report, the paddy raised on around 2500 acres has almost been destroyed at Idayarvalasai near Ramanathapuram.
The submerged crop has sprouted.
“Though it is quite normal to receive summer rain for one or two days, this time it was unexpected and weeklong. It has dashed our hopes of the successful harvest. The four-month-old persistent hard work and huge money invested have gone waste,” says K. Murthy of Idayarvalasai, who raised paddy on three acres.
The efforts of the farmers to engage machines for harvest have also not been materialised, as the harvest-cum-thrashing machines cannot go to the fields due to wet condition.
M. Elangovan of the same village said that except a few, most of the farmers had suffered huge loss due to the untimely rain.
He had spent around Rs.35,000 an acre for raising paddy. But he could not even retrieve Rs.10,000.
“The Government should come to the rescue of us,” he said.