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Maharashtra lost 800,000 ha of Karif crops to excessive rains in July!

23 Jul 2022 1:11 pm
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Mumbai, 23 Jul (Commoditiescontrol): India's western state Maharashtra, which has witnessed incessant rains this month so far, suffered a huge set-back to its agriculture activity and farming community. As per the state agriculture ministry, the excessive rainfall damaged standing Kharif crops of 800,000 hectares spread across 24 districts, mostly in Marathwada, Vidarbha, Nothern and Central regions of Maharashtra.

Paddy, corn, soyabean, cotton, tur and banana crops and other vegetables have been heavily damaged, according to the state agriculture department.

“Preliminary reports assessing the damage through July 21 show 796,218 hectares of agricultural land have been affected,” said a state agriculture department official.

Half the damage has been reported by Marathwada alone. Hingoli and Nanded districts have seen heavy damage.

Marathwada division has registered losses on 377,870 hectares of land. Over 100,000 farmers have been affected. Around 4.8 million hectares of land is cultivated in the division, out of which 4.1 million had been sown before the rains.

About 1.2 million hectares were planted with cotton and soyabean on 2 million hectares. It is estimated that about 80 per cent of the crops are damaged.

Akola, Amravati, Yavatmal, Wardha, Nagpur, Bhandara, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur in Vidarbha region have also suffered heavy losses, along with Pune and Nashik in western and north Maharashtra. In these region pulses crops such as Tur, Urad, and Moong are cultivated on a large scale. Last year total production stood at 1,463,292 tonnes, of which Tur production stood at 1,190,836 tonnes, Urad - 142,383 tonnes and Moong - 130,073 tonnes.

Although, the department is still to assess the total damage, but loss of pulses would be highly detremental to the markets as we are already sitting on tight stock conditions and with the ensuing festival season, the demand outlook remains strong.

The official said paddy, cotton and soyabean had been affected the most. Groundnut, sugarcane, turmeric and jowar crops were destroyed too.

Marathwada has also lost a lot of cattle — 522 animals across eight districts. As many as 40 people have also died due to extreme weather conditions.

The state agriculture department official said it is too early to estimate the losses in terms of revenue.

Aurangabad in Marathwada received 326 millimetre of rains, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). This is 104 mm more than the average rainfall in the region.

Parbhani has recorded 487 mm rainfall — a deviation of 199 mm. Akola in Vidarbha region has received 700 mm of rainfall, which is a departure of 423 mm.

(By Commoditiescontrol Bureau: +91-22-40015505)

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