Crop Loss Pegged at Rs 95.6 Cr in State Ravaged by Rain

Published: 07th August 2014 08:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2014 08:49 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The crop loss in the State as on Wednesday stood at `95.60 crore as per an estimate by the Agriculture Department.

AGri loss.PNGWith the rains lashing many parts of the State damaging the crops it is feared that the loss would go up well beyond `100 crore.

Alappuzha disrtict reported a loss of `42.18 crore which is highest in the state.

On Monday alone, the loss to the tune of `27.54 crore was reported from the district. The flood affected around 6,550 hectares of paddy in the district including Kuttanad.

Paddy cultivated in 1,275 hectares of paddy was lost due to the breach of outer bunds, said A Kareem, deputy Director, Department of Agriculture. The paddy submerged had completed 20 to 40 days of growth.

More than 25 per cent of cultivated paddy in  Kuttanad is currently under water. Around 52 hectares of plantain and 74 hectares of vegetable in the district were damaged by the rains.

Tuber crops grown in 79 hectares of land too was lost, Kareem said. The actual loss could be estimated only after the water recedes. The monetary loss was estimated based on inputs from the various agricultural offices in the district.

Kannur: Cumulative agriculture loss in Kannur district since the onset of monsoon has been pegged at `13.63 crore. “The heavy rains did affect the crops which the self help groups were cultivating aimed at the Onam market. But, we are still hopeful of a good harvest this season,” said Kudumbasree district coordinator M V Premarajan.

Palakkad: In Palakkad district 340 hectares of farm land lies submerged in water. The estimated loss is `6.75 crore. Fifty per cent of the loss suffered by farmers is on account of damage to paddy. Crops like plantain and vegetables were also damaged in the rain.

Ernakulam: The estimated crop loss in the district has touched to 6.64 crore so far. The figure will cross `10 crore if the estimate is revised taking into account crop loss suffered in the last two days.  Crops like nutmeg, banana, arecanut, rubber and tapioca have been the worst hit. The district lost plantain trees numbering 7,4785 and 4,000 rubber trees. Crops like pepper, tapioca, paddy and vegetables too suffered a huge blow.

Wayanad: The Agriculture Department has estimated a loss of `6.6 crore in the district.

Kasargod: In Kasargod the crop loss from 1,155 hectares has been pegged at `3.31 crore.

Malappuram: The district has reported a loss to the tune of `5.9 crore.

Kozhikode:  The loss due to crop loss from the district has been pegged at `4.7 crore.

Kollam: The crop loss at Kollam has been limited due to below normal rain in the district and the district suffered a loss of only `5 lakh.

Idukki: In Idukki district the loss has been pegged at `1.75 crore. Around 174.98 hectares of land, mostly rubber, has been affected.

Thrissur: Rain wreaked havoc in all villages destroying crops on 42.1 hectares of land. The district administration has estimated a loss of `66.6 lakh.

Pathanamthitta: The losses suffered by farmers in the district as per the preliminary estimates of the Agriculture Department, stood at`20 lakh.

Thiruvananthapuram: Crop loss to the tune of `46.29 has been reported from 11.57 hectares in the district.

(with inputs from bureaux)

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