Fresh spell of rain adds to farmers' woes

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2015 21:58 IST

"This is the worst year that I have ever seen for farmers in my life, as destroying of the standing crop is cheaper than the harvesting," said dismayed farmer Jai Singh, of Dhamar village of Rohtak district.

"Not only has the rain affected wheat, but cattle feed has also been destroyed. Harvesting cost for one acre has increased to around `8,000, whereas productivity has reduced to 5-8 quintals per acre (`7,000 -10,200)," said a Gohana-based farmer Satyavrat.

Though, most of the wheat and mustard crop has already been affected by the unseasonal rain and hailstorm in the region, the farmers are now finding it difficult to sell their produce as the procurement agencies are complaining oh high moisture content.

Also untimely rain has forced the farmers to spend nights besides the produce in the grain market.

"The remaining crop is ready to harvest, but the cruel weather is against the farming community," said farmer Devender Sharma, whose 12 acres of wheat in Ladaut village has been damamged.

"There is nothing left as the productivity has decreased to 8 quintal per acre from 20 last year," he added.

Moreover, farmers are sceptical about the promised compensation. "I don't think I will get compensation as the patwari had written 'C' in my form during the girdawari (special survey), I don't know what is the meaning of it," said a young farmer, Narender.

The recent rainfall is not only worrying the farmers but also the commission agents as they have to spend more on the labour.

"Thousands of bags of dried wheat got soaked due to rainfall last night, now we will have to spread it again which will increase labour cost and due to the lack of sheds about 80% of the wheat is lying in open," said Dev Dutt, a commission agent at new grain market Rohtak.

'All grain will be procured'

Additional chief secretary Navraj Sandhu on Thursday visited Jind district and said that the recent rainfall has increased the moisture content but she assured the farmers that the government will purchase their produce as some procurement norms had been relaxed. She directed the officer involved in the wheat procurement to continue the procurement process.

She said that the government agencies will procure the wheat on the declared minimum support price.

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