Ryots complain of sapling deaths on large-scale

SAMBALPUR: A farmer, Rahasa Bihari Karna of Naikenpali village in Attabira block, has threatened self-immolation if the government did not compensate the huge losses that he had suffered follo

Published: 23rd January 2012 06:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:20 PM   |  A+A-

SAMBALPUR: A farmer, Rahasa Bihari Karna of Naikenpali village in Attabira block, has threatened self-immolation if the government did not compensate the huge losses that he had suffered following the death of paddy saplings. “Paddy saplings over 20 acres of my land have died. More than 50 per cent transplantation was over in our village and all the saplings have rotten and died,” said Karna. Karna is among the hundreds of farmers affected due to the death of paddy saplings.

Ananda Bhoi of Silati village in Sonepur district has lost transplanted saplings on his 12 acres of land. Reports of damage of paddy saplings pour in from more pockets in Sambalpur, Bargarh and Sonepur districts under the Hirakud Command  Area.

The complaints too are similar, that the saplings are changing colour from green-yellow-red and dying even after spraying of insecticide.

 This is for the first time that such complaints have been made and even plant scientists in government departments are clueless about the reason even as test trials are being conducted to find a solution.

On the other hand, the claim of former Sambalpur MP Bhabani Hota is gaining ground with the yield declining in areas which were flooded during the last kharif season instead of increasing as the flood leaves behind fertile sediment.

Moreover, the submerged crop had then emitted foul smell and Convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO), Ranjan Panda said there was a need to check the toxicity of the water of Hirakud dam reservoir.

 Meanwhile, farmers of Bargarh Command Area called on District Magistrate Bhabagrahi Mishra at his grievance cell on Saturday demanding insurance and distribution of short duration variety of seeds to help them cultivate again.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp