Scanty rainfall worries farmers of Mayurbhanj, Balasore districts in Odisha

Chief district agriculture officer of Mayurbhanj Sidharth Kumar Behura said poor rainfall in the district have affected farming activities.
A barren farmland at Laxmipur village in Mayurbhanj district
A barren farmland at Laxmipur village in Mayurbhanj district Photo | Express

BARIPADA/BALASORE: Farmers of Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts are a worried lot as agriculture activities are yet to commence due to delay in arrival of monsoon.

Farmers said they are unable to prepare the soil or initiate seed sowing work due to the persisting heatwave situation. Last year’s reports reveal around 25 to 30 per cent farming activities had been completed by this time while this year nothing as been started as yet.

A barren farmland at Laxmipur village in Mayurbhanj district
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Ghanshyam Tudu, a farmer of Jambani in Shyamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district said agriculture activities for kharif season have not yet begun in their area. Though primary agriculture cooperative societies and LAMPs are encouraging farmers to procure seeds, the latter are apprehensive as they have not yet prepared the soil for seed sowing.

Meanwhile, rain scarcity combined with the sweltering condition have left rivers like Suno, Kala, Jambhira, Budhabalanga, West and East Deo, San and Bada dry owing to which they are unable to supply water for agriculture activities.

“We are waiting for the rain to begin agriculture activities,” said Goura Singh, a farmer of Sindurgoura. In Balasore, while farming activities have been initiated in areas close to private lift irrigation systems, those located faraway aren’t able to draw water from the systems leaving farmers in a spot.

Chief district agriculture officer of Mayurbhanj Sidharth Kumar Behura said poor rainfall in the district have affected farming activities. He said the Agriculture department has collected around 7,000 soil samples of total 15,000 for testing.

“The total area under farming and target for kharif season will be confirmed after a meeting with collector Dattatraya Bhausaheb Shinde,” he added.

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