Drought-like Situation Awaits Farmers of Nuapada District

Published: 18th August 2015 04:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2015 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

NUAPADA: Farmers of Nuapada are apprehensive of drought with the rain playing truant in the region. Agriculture officials said if the prevailing dry spell continues, drought is inevitable in the district.

Nuapada received 297 mm of rainfall against the normal of 201.3 mm in June. The good spell raised hopes of farmers for a good paddy crop. Many of the small and marginal farmers also availed agricultural loans to take up cultivation work. However, deficit rainfall in July left the farmers at the crossroad. The district received 278.32 mm of rainfall in July against the normal 347.1 mm.

This month, there has been no good rain so far.

Till August 13, the district has received 69.36 mm of rainfall against normal 327.8 mm.

In June, Komna block received highest rainfall of 448 mm while Sinapali got the lowest 62 mm. Similarly, Khariar block received 368.6 mm of rainfall, Nuapada block 273.4 mm while Boden recorded 203 mm.

In July, Khariar block recorded the highest rainfall of 481 mm followed by Komna block which registered 401 mm, Nuapda 198.6 mm, Boden 171 mm and Sinapali registered the lowest rainfall of 140 mm.

Nuapada MLA Basanta Panda said the district BJP has tried to draw the attention of the State Government to the situation. “Standing crops in high land and medium land have already perished,” he said.

District Emergency Officer Chandrahas Nayak said a close watch is being kept on the situation. “If there is no rain soon, there would be drought,” he said.

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