Heavy rainfall triggered by the remnants of Cyclone Jawad has brought about a large-scale harm to standing paddy and different crops, which had been nearing their harvest, within the southern districts of West Bengal and varied coastal districts of Odisha, at the same time as authorities in each states ordered harm evaluation.
Though the cyclone misplaced its steam whereas nonetheless over the Bay of Bengal, it triggered heavy rains it coastal districts of each the states. The cyclone weakened right into a low-pressure by Monday and was anticipated to maneuver in direction of Bangladesh, whereas weakening additional, based on the India Meteorological Division (IMD).
On Monday, the Odisha authorities directed all district collectors to furnish report on losses suffered to the standing crop of their respective districts. Minister for income and catastrophe administration Sudam Marndi mentioned he has sought harm evaluation studies from all district collectors. “After a review on the damage caused due to the rainfall, financial aid will be provided to the affected persons as per the relief code norms,” mentioned Marndi.
Although Cyclone Jawad weakened right into a low-pressure, it triggered heavy rainfall within the southern districts of West Bengal, notably these within the coastal areas, since Saturday. “Till around 8.30 am on Monday, many places in south Bengal received more than 100 mm rain in the last 24 hours. Kolkata received around 70mm rain,” mentioned an official of the regional climate forecasting centre in Kolkata.
West Bengal agriculture division secretary OS Meena mentioned the state authorities had issued an advisory effectively prematurely, on November 30, to reap the paddy crops. “Most of the paddy crops that were mature have been harvested. Those who had not planted the potato tubers were asked to delay the process by a week at least. We are taking stock of the situation, but the crops are insured,” Meena mentioned.
The heavy rainfall got here at a time when the paddy crops had been on the verge of harvesting and several other farmers had planted potato tubers.
“I had suffered extensive damage when Cyclone Yaas hit in May this year. Saline water from the river had gushed into the village killing all the crops. Thereafter, I grew salt tolerant paddy. They were almost ripe and were on the verge of being harvested. But the rains ruined it all. I could save only around 25% of it,” mentioned Gunadhar Patra, a farmer in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas.
After Yaas in Might 2021, round 1,200 MT of salt-tolerant paddy seeds had been distributed within the three coastal districts — East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas. Greater than 38,000 farmers would have befitted from the seeds had they yielded paddy.
However a number of farmers had complained that a lot of the crops received broken, even earlier than they could possibly be transplanted, as heavy rains battered the districts of south Bengal in July-end, leading to floods in some districts.
“I had planted potato tubers just around a week ago. But the field is now under water because of the heavy rains. I would incur heavy losses this time. Untimely rain has cost us dearly,” mentioned Nikhil Roy, a farmer in Gosaba block of South 24 Parganas.
In Odisha, farmers in not less than 10 districts sustained main crop harm as heavy rainfall submerged ripened paddy crops, officers mentioned, including that 1000’s of hectares of standing paddy have been inundated.
Farmers in Ganjam, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Puri, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Cuttack districts tried onerous to avoid wasting their paddy crop, however couldn’t harvest in time.
“I had harvested paddy over four acres of land, but could not take it from threshing yard. The entire paddy has turned soggy,” mentioned Arun Jena, a farmer from Balasore. “This year we started paddy crops late due to delayed rains, but now everything is gone.”
Farmers in a number of areas had been struggling to empty out the rainwater from the cultivated areas on Monday.
Golekh Bihari Sahoo of Banki space in Cuttack district mentioned he tried onerous to avoid wasting his standing paddy crop submerged within the rainwater. “The paddy will now start stinking,” he mentioned.
Paddy was cultivated in over 3.5 million hectares throughout Odisha in 2021 kharif season.
Vegetable farmers have additionally suffered heavy losses as a result of rains.
Prakash Behera of Pipili block in Puri district mentioned the cauliflowers that he had cultivated in his acre of land, had been broken. “I resorted to distress sale of some of my cauliflowers. I had to sell the cauliflowers at ₹3 per piece,” he mentioned.
A 57-year-old farmer in Ganjam district’s Uluma village allegedly died by suicide after consuming pesticides on Sunday, after standing paddy over his two-acre subject had been inundated.