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Heavy rainfall damages kharif crop in east MP

Neelesh Chaudhary, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 23, 2013
First Published: 09:57 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:01 IST(23/8/2013)

Subsequent spells of heavy rainfall in eastern parts of the state have damaged the oilseeds, paddy and pulse crops.

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The reports reaching the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya ( JNKVV) here from various places in revenue divisions including Rewa, Sagar, Hoshangabad and Jabalpur indicates loss of 45-55% oilseed, pulse and paddy crops due to intense rainfall.

Paddy crop sown early has been damaged.

Farmers are unable to apply micronutrient supplements and fertilisers to the crop sown late due to water logging in the fields.

These are necessary for plant growth and better yield.

The soyabean crop that is less affected is facing threat from the yellow mosaic diseases, semi looper, girdle beetle and pod borer insects.

Other oilseed crops affected due to heavy rainfall include groundnut sown on 0.50 lakh hectares in Chhindwara and Ramtil and Til crops sown on 1.5 lakh hectares in various places.

In current Kharif season oilseeds crops is sown in the State on 58 lakh hectares, whereas soybean contributes maximum percentage in it.

The pulse crop, including moong, urad and arhar, is sown on 10 lakh hectares.

Paddy is sown on 17 lakh hectares with over 14 lakh hectares in places falling in eastern parts of MP including Balaghat.

The agriculture fields falling in the plains are the worst affected due to heavy rainfall while those on slopes are least affected.

The oilseeds and pulses crops is mostly sown in plains with black soil and water logging in black soils cause damage to the plants than in other kind of soils.

Rakesh Patel, a farmer from village Shahpura some 40 kilometres far from Jabalpur, sowed soybean two months back on ten acres land. The entire crop is damaged due to heavy rainfall.

The soybean crop covers some 200 acre agriculture land in Shahpura village.

JNKVV director (research) Dr SS Tomar said the varsity was receiving regular information from the farmers about damage to the crops.

The oilseed, pulses and paddy crops are damaged to the extent of 45-55% sown in revenue divisions including Hoshangabad, Sagar, Jabalpur and Rewa due to heavy rainfall, he said.


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