Thunderstorms in Bengal coupled with hailstorms every evening for the past few days have affected agricultural production in an area which is about four times the size of Kolkata.
According to statistics compiled by the state agriculture department, production was hit in 74,584 hectares of land. The total agricultural land in Bengal is roughly around 65,00,000 hectares.
The three worst affected districts were Burdwan, East Mindapore and West Midnapore.
According to records of the state agriculture department, the worst affected district has been Burdwan, where crops spread over 22,846 hectares in 10 blocks was destroyed because of the last thunderstorm. The crops destroyed in this district include Bodo rice, sesame and moong.
The second most affected district, as per the records, is East Midnapore, where the crops affected were over 14,245 hectares spread over three blocks. The crops destroyed in the district include sesame, mustard and moong.
The third most affected district is West Mindapore, where crops were affected in an area of over 9,065 acres spread across two blocks. The crops that were destroyed here include sesame, nuts, mustard and maize.
It is lear nt that the state agriculture department would compile a report on the thunderstorm-affected crops and forward it to the Union agriculture ministry shortly, demanding compensation for the production loss.
“Besides central compensation, the state government will also provide money for the loss of crops,” said state agriculture minister Purnendu Bose.