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Prolonged monsoon deals a blow to paddy farmers

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Preliminary assessment in Mancherial, Nirmal districts puts loss at nearly ₹100 cr.

Paddy crop in Mancherial and Nirmal districts has bore the brunt of the inclement weather that prevailed beyond the usual monsoon months this year. Going by a preliminary yield loss assessment, farmers in the two districts could end up losing nearly ₹100 crore.

Cotton situation better

The situation in Adilabad and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts, forming part of the erstwhile united Adilabad along with the other two districts, is not so grim as initial estimates put the loss of cotton and soyabean crops at less than 15% for the 3.5 lakh hectares of cotton area and about 1.5 lakh hectares of soyabean.

The intermittent spells of rain have, however, impacted the quality of the cotton which is ready for harvest and that of soyabean by way of discolouration of the harvested crop that are stacked up in fields, said agriculture department officials.

“We have slowed down harvesting of cotton owing to the rainfall. Let there be some sunshine so that the moisture evaporates,” said Nalla Lingaiah, a cotton farmer from the remote Karanji village in Bheempur mandal of Adilabad district.

Crop insurance

As far as soyabean is concerned, about 1,900 farmers out of a total of 13,000 which have insured their crop, have reported damage. “Proper assessment of the loss will be possible only when the report of our joint teams comprising officials of agriculture department and insurance companies will be submitted,” pointed out Adilabad Agriculture Officer Shiva Kumar.

In Mancherial district, spells of heavy rainfall have flattened paddy on about 6,000 hectares out of a total of 35,000 hectare area under the crop. In Nirmal, the crop suffered similar damage on about 3,000 hectare, which is about 10% of the total area sown with paddy in kharif season.

“The flattened paddy will be lost completely as it is not yet in harvesting stage. The damage will be complete,” opined an official of Mancherial agriculture department even as reports of loss assessment were trickling in.

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