Fresh inflow into Upper Kolab dam has brought relief farmers and government agencies who plan irrigation facilities to the ayacut areas depending on the water level in the reservoir.
Angered over unavailability of fertilisers during peak kharif season, scores of farmers took to the streets and staged massive agitation in Jharigam block here on Friday.
Experts said that if the paddy cultivation target is not achieved in the kharif season, price of rice in the open market will be hiked by traders.
However, apprehensive of middlemen interference, these farmers prefer selling paddy to outsiders than government procurement agencies.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said a short supply of fertilisers will adversely affect agricultural production and unnecessarily invite a law and order situation in most of the districts.
Accusing CM Naveen Patnaik of misleading people on the fertiliser position, BJP leader Pradip Purohit said Odisha had a stock of 2.2 lakh tonnes of urea and the government has sold 92,000 tonnes.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday observed that with good rainfall, the extent of cultivation during the Kharif season will also increase.
Sources said, an average rainfall of 20mm recorded in most of the paddy and non paddy chunks in the district has been conducive for crop activities.
Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh said that the Wednesday decision is not an ordinary one as he had never imagined that a government could give such a hike in one go.
Farmers who paid large sums as insurance premiums ended up receiving a paltry amount as compensation.