Groundnut loss put at Rs. 81.58 crore

M. Ahiraj

BELLARY: The loss of groundnut crop during this kharif season in Bellary district has been put at Rs. 81.58 crore.

The failure of rain, leading to moisture stress at the time of peg formation, is said to be the main reason for the farmers suffering the loss.

According to sources in the Department of Agriculture, groundnut was sown in 61,447 hectares of land in the district.

The crop was affected in 45,995 hectares in 236 villages registering a loss of 75 per cent.

In Kudligi taluk, which is known for groundnut cultivation, the crop was sown in 45,810 hectares. Yield was affected in 35,482 hectares.

This was followed by Hagari Bommanahalli taluk where 9,000 hectares was covered by groundnut while the loss was in 5,850 hectares.

In Hadagali, 3,690 hectares was under groundnut and the loss was in 3,508 hectares. Sandur had 1,170 hectares under groundnut while the loss was in 1,155 hectares.

The sources said that the district experienced a dry spell for over 25 days during June and July this year affecting the growth of the crop.

The rain that lashed in the second fortnight of July helped vegetative growth and the crop suffered moisture stress at the time of peg formation affecting yield.

The crop suffered less than 25 per cent damage in 1,220 hectares, between 25 per cent and 50 per cent damage in 10,812 hectares, between 50 per cent and 75 per cent damage in 22,726 hectares, and above 75 per cent damage in 11,237 hectares.

As against the anticipated yield of 10 quintals per hectare, the production loss was around 33,993 tonnes, the sources told The Hindu.

“Considering that the market value of groundnut is Rs. 2,400 per quintal, the loss has been estimated at Rs. 81.58 crore,” the sources added.

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