Standing paddy crops over around 2,650 hectare (ha) of farmland have been affected by strong winds and rains that lashed different parts of the district on October 10.
Torrential rains in the district in the last few days have caused losses of Rs 315 crore.
Kharif foodgrains production may reach record 144.52 million tonnes in 2020-21: Narendra Singh Tomar
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a record increase in area sown to kharif crops by 4.51 per cent to 1,121.75 lakh hectares this year.
Rain accompanied by heavy winds lashed the districts starting on Monday evening and few parts of Kumbakonam witnessed it on Tuesday evening.
At the larvae stage, the worm causes damage to crops, feeding on more than 80 plant species.
Large tracts of agriculture land have been inundated due to the downpour causing considerable damage to vegetable crops like radish, lady finger, beans, brinjal, pointed gourd, etc.
The new scheme should be piloted for a three years implementation time, the task force recommended.
While affected farmers are desperately waiting for the rain gods to smile on them, the Odisha Government needs to draw up a contingency plan to save the crops.
Among kharif crops, area planted to rice has increased by 18.59 per cent to 168.47 lakh hectare as on July 17 from 142.06 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.Among kharif crops, area planted to rice h
While the government fixes the rate, called minimum support price or MSP, at which it buys crops such as wheat and paddy from farmers, it also provides a subsidy to help export sugar.
Farmers are hopeful of reaping another bumper crop yield this season with the met department predicting a normal monsoon this year.
Congress said that due to reverse migration of farm labourers, the agricultural cost had increased in many states and government has neglected this factor while announcing the MSP.
Government has increased the MSPs of Kharif crops for marketing season 2020-21, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce.
Expected to dismantle the existing Agriculture Produce Marketing Act Committee (APMC), the new law is intended to replicate e-NAM.
Five teams from the horticulture department conducted a field study and found that crops on 4.7 acres within three km of the styrene tank are unfit for consumption.