Bhubaneswar, Nov 16: The farmers are in distress as the unseasonal rainfall, under the influence of a low pressure, damaged standing paddy crops in several districts of Odisha.
Farmers from Nayagarh, Ganjam, Khordha, Balasore and Mayurbhanj district have suffered a huge loss due to the unseasonal rainfall.
Heavy downpour during the harvest season severely damaged the paddy crop. With waist height stagnant water, the harvesting crop has got completely rotted leaving the farmers in tears.
Following the extensive damage, the farmers demanded compensation from the state government. Besides, they requested loan waiver for the current Kharif season.
“Heavy downpour during the harvest season has completely destroyed all of the paddy crops in my field. Besides, poor drainage system which resulted in waist-height stagnant water in the field has added to my misery. Now I have no source of income. I have also taken a loan for this Kharif season which I am unable to repay due to this severe damage. I request the government to give us compensation and waive off our loans”, said a farmer in Polasara area of Ganjam district.
The farmers, who are suffering a huge loss, have also conveyed their issue to the Agriculture Department.
“The farmers have suffered a significant loss as a result of the unseasonal rainfall. We will estimate the damages incurred by farmers and submit a report to the government as soon as possible”, said an Agriculture Department official in Polasara area.
Meanwhile, the regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in coastal and southern districts of Odisha till Nov 19.
“There is a possibility of moderate rainfall on November 17 and 18 in several parts of Odisha and heavy rainfall in some parts of Odisha on November 19, under the influence of a low pressure formed over south Andaman Sea and adjoining Thailand coast”, said Uma Shankar Das, Met department official.