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Maharashtra farmers’ crisis: Dry spell in Marathwada, Vidarbha may hit crops

If it does not rain in the next four to five days, the government will have review the situation and announce measures to save crops or compensate farmers in parts of central Maharashtra and Vidarbha.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2017 18:20 IST
Surendra P Gangan
If it does not rain in the next four to five days, the government will have review the situation and announce measures to save crops or compensate farmers in parts of central Maharashtra and Vidarbha.
If it does not rain in the next four to five days, the government will have review the situation and announce measures to save crops or compensate farmers in parts of central Maharashtra and Vidarbha. (File)

The prolonged dry spell in Marathwada and Vidarbha may lead to crop loss.

If it does not rain in the next four to five days, the government will have review the situation and announce measures to save crops or compensate farmers in parts of central Maharashtra and Vidarbha.

The rainfall in many districts of Vidarbha has been poor, compared to last year’s average.

In Amaravati division, which comprises five districts including Akola, Yavatmal, Washim, the average rainfall this year was 21% against, compared to 55% in 2016.

The Nagpur division, comprising six districts including Chandrapur , Bhndhara, Wardha, recorded 21% rain, against last year’s record of 55%.

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Although the central Maharashtra or Marathwada’s average is close to last year’s figures, some districts have witnessed a long dry spell, threatening soyabean, cotton and oilseed crops.

Part of western Maharashtra are again the shadow of drought with parts of Solapur and Sangali districts getting no rain in the past few days.

According to reports collated by the agriculture department, crops in many tehsils have started wilting, while many are under the threat of pest attacks.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday the situation is worrisome. “If it does not rain in the next four days, we will have to take serious steps to offer respite to farmers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the CM has directed the relief and rehabilitation and cooperation department to link Aadhar numbers with the 7x12 extracts of farmers while transferring drought relief, to weed out corruption and misuse.

The CM reviewed the progress of Drought Management Code, being launched by the Center for the effective mitigation of droughts.

Intermittent spells in the past two days have, however, revived the hopes of farmers, but productivity is likely to be hit by at least 40%. “According to the reports coming in, the past two days have reported revival of the monsoon. However, the stress on crops owing to the dry spell has caused loss to the farmers. The yield is likely to drop by 40 to 50%. The standing crops of soyabean, cotton,pulses have been badly hit in almost all the districts in Marathwada and Vidarbha,” said Amar Habib, farm activist from Marathwada.