Floods deal a blow to farmers of Assam
The successive waves of floods this year have dealt a blow to the agriculture sector in the state.
GUWAHATI: The successive waves of floods this year have dealt a blow to the agriculture sector in the state. The damage includes mainly summer paddy, autumn paddy, winter paddy, summer maize, oilseeds, summer pulses, jute, rabi vegetables, kharif vegetables, spices, seedlings of sali, etc. The deluge affected over 2.22 lakh farmers families in the state.
According to sources in the Directorate of Agriculture, it has divided the floods in the state this year into three waves, as has their damage. According to the Directorate, the waves of floods have damaged over 47,372 hectares of cropland in 5,560 villages in the state. The first and third waves of the floods this year have dealt the most severe blow to the agriculture sector in the state. The first wave damaged 22457.23 hectares of cropland, and the third wave damaged 20245.07 hectares of cropland this year. The second wave damaged 4670.19 hectares of cropland.
The paddy sector suffered badly in the state during this flood season. All three waves of floods this year have damaged a total of 1003.52 hectares of summer paddy (early ahu and boro paddy), 13296 hectares of autumn paddy (regular ahu), and 25838.88 hectares of winter paddy (bao and sali). Following paddy are jute and mesta, with damage to 6304.64 hectares of cropland. Other crops that suffered damage during the floods this year are 637.85 hectares of Rabi vegetables, 4429.93 hectares of kharif vegetables, 2839.46 hectares of Sali seedlings, 85 hectares of spices, 110 hectares of fruits, 54 hectares of sugarcane, 333.91 hectares of summer pulses (black gram, green gram etc.,), 43.30 hectares of oilseeds (mustard, sunflower, etc.). 252.70 hectares of summer maize and 5306.34 hectares of other crops.
How and when the government will compensate the loss that over 2.22 lakh farmers in the state have incurred is something to keep tabs on.