Mangaluru: Farmers on receiving end of unexpected rains’ ill-effects

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 18: The heavy rainfall caused in the coast on account of fall in atmospheric pressure in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal has delivered a deadly blow to paddy cultivators from the coast. Farmers who raised paddy crops for the kharif season are now clueless about the future.

The paddy seedlings are formally planted in June and the first week of July. The crop is ready for harvest in October. This is the time when paddy corns break out of the stalks and the stalks begin to get heavier. Even a little rain can spell doom for the crop. For the last four days, coastal Karnataka has been receiving rainfall. Thousands of acres of paddy plants which are ready for harvesting have been shoved to the ground by the rain. In the cases where the crops are harvested, the harvested plants are lying drenched either in courtyards or fields.

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In Dakshina Kannada district, 11,747 hectares of land has been brought under paddy cultivation whereas in Udupi, 35,726 hectares are under paddy cultivation. In the state as a whole, paddy is grown in 12.4 lac hectares of land. The rain has already devastated the paddy crop. If it continues, the paddy stalks might start to germinate, the farmers of coastal districts are worried.

Because of the high cost of labour, lack of government encouragement etc many have moved from paddy crop to cash crops. For the last two decades, this shift has been seen on a regular basis. If the situation continues, there will be a shortage of rice for boiled rice manufacture.

A progressive farmer, Oswald Fernandes, who also is the district Raitha Sangha president, has expressed the apprehension that people who undertook cultivation of barren land for the last two years, may lose their interest because of the untimely rain. He also says that in many places, areca nuts which had fallen down were washed away by the rainwater.









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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Cant help it. For the same obvious reasons of labor, water clogging, untimely rains , we stopped cultivating paddy for more than 8 years now. Fields are lying barren , in the process of slowly shifting to cash crops. But such untimely weather is doomsday for any crops.

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Farming has become a difficult profession in recent times due to unpredictability of the weather conditions. Since there is no seasons now due to global warming, it's impossible for a farmer to survive by only depending on agriculture. Anytime rain, anytime extreme heat, anytime floods, expensive fertilizer, expensive labour, all expensive...

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Is it possible that low pressure has been created due to previous governments wrong doings? Since current government constantly keeps blaming the previous one for any situation where there is no answer....

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  • Peter, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Quite possible. In their two terms rather than focusing on the core issues to set right the previous mistakes, they are busy in blaming previous government, cows, selling the airport, port, rail and what not? Forget about other states and districts;look at our own district. Once very peace loving people now become totally violent (not all). Politicians are corrupt, now all government top officials are totally corrupt. Now education has taken new twist, these officials are exploring different types of corruption methods, how to take, what to take, which mode can be adopted. God save our country.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Even generational farmers know that farming is not very profitable that's why we had the industrial revolution which sorry say hasn't quite reached Udupi and DK despite exceptional education.

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