MSP promised by state’s parties — Congress & BJP — may account for one-third of budget
Bemoaning the ‘very sorry state of affairs’, Justice Devan Ramachandran said it was the contractual obligation of Supplyco to pay farmers fully under the scheme.
He had also said that youngsters are not choosing farming as a vocation due to the government’s failure to ensure proper payments to farmers.
Current monsoon rainfall is 48% below avg, and August’s precipitation is 80–90% below normal; 25% drop expected in paddy cultivation.
According to officials, summer paddy and early kuruvai crop cultivated on 14,000 hectares have been harvested so far in the district.
Paddy is mostly grown in Padmapur, Ramanaguda, Rayagada and Bissam Cuttack blocks of the district.
On this day last year, water level at Mettur dam stood at 120 feet (93.47 tmc)
Farmers are upset with the present discharge in the distributary rivers and irrigation channels. "We are pumping out saline groundwater to manage the cultivation.
Meanwhile, it is also being claimed that many agriculture and block officials are minting money by not providing subsidised seeds to the farmers.