THOOTHUKUDI: Caught in the slipstream of Ockhi’s furious leap to Lakshadweep, the farmers here have a sad tale of loss and destruction to attest. Crops brought to life by dint of courage and determination stand ravaged and hopes of rich dividends after years of drought dashed.
The plantain farmers in the district are a worried lot. Acres of crops have been brought to submission by strong gale. Farmers in Srivaikuntam and Alwarthirunagari blocks claim that at least two lakh trees have fallen. A crop raised in the face of acute water shortage died at the cusp of harvest.
With the exact quantum of destruction suffered by the coastal districts yet to be ascertained, the farmers’ claims for compensation just adds to a long to-do list in the wake of Ockhi.
Another set of farmers, who were banking on betel leave yield to address their immediate fund needs, stands crestfallen with the wind and rain destroying crop spread over 50 acres in Authoor.
Tamil Vivasayigal Sangam district secretary KP Perumal said that the farmers had invested heavily on pumps sets, bore wells and oil engines to deal with the water scarcity in the past 10 months. However, the storm put paid to their hopes. He urged the government to compensate the farmers after assessment.
Died at cusp of harvest season
Most of the farmers had invested heavily on alternative arrangements for irrigation. However, their crops died when the harvest time neared. Farmers’ associations are calling for compensation