Shri Ganga Nagar. The farmers of the district continued to yearn for rain in Ashadh and Sawan. In both these months of monsoon, there was scanty rainfall in the district and due to the canal closure, the farmers did not get water from the canals, which reduced the sown area of Kharif crops. After this, at the end of September, when the farmers were collecting the remaining crops, unseasonal rains spoiled their wishes.
– 80 percent of Patwar mandals of Sriganganagar district were damaged
Compensation is available only on damages exceeding -50 percent
Yogesh Tiwari.Sriganganagar. The farmers of the district continued to yearn for rain in Ashadh and Sawan. In both these months of monsoon, there was scanty rainfall in the district and due to the canal closure, the farmers did not get water from the canals, which reduced the sown area of Kharif crops. After this, at the end of September, when the farmers were collecting the remaining crops, unseasonal rains spoiled their wishes.
This time the farmers got a double whammy. The state’s biggest Indira Gandhi canal project was closed for two months. This marked the end of the soft-cotton sowing season. The farmers who had tubewells in their fields sowed a small amount with the water from the tubewells. Due to this, the sown area of about one lakh hectares has decreased in the district. The farmers had the right expectation from the crop of moong and guar.
With the help of some canal water or tube wells, these crops were kept alive. When these crops came to maturity in September and the farmers started collecting them, Indra caused a thunderbolt. In the second fortnight of September, the moong and guar crops were severely damaged due to thrice rain at short intervals across the district. The soft-cotton suffered a loss of about 20 per cent. At the same time, the early sown crop of mustard got ruined in the soil itself.
More than 80 percent of the fields in the district are damaged in moong-guar
On the orders of the district administration, representatives of the Revenue Department, Agriculture Department and Insurance Company (SBI General) conducted a joint survey after the information about crop failure due to rain across the district. These teams admitted that in 350 out of 426 patwar mandals of the district, there has been more than 50 percent damage to the guar and moong crops in 345 patwar mandals.
Moong crop was ready. At the end of September, strong wind rain spoiled the hopes. Moong was heavily damaged by this rain. Whereas Narma-Cotton has suffered 20 to 30 percent loss. – Gurvinder Jakhar, Chak 11 A (B) Anupgarh
Unseasonal rains thrice spoiled the wishes of the farmers. The farmers had sown early by buying hybrid mustard seed at the rate of Rs 900 per kg. The crop got ruined due to rain. -Ranveer Sekhon, 75 GB, Sribijayanagar
The unseasonal rains at the end of September have caused maximum damage to the ripe moong crop. The damage to guar was marginal. Farmers will get less price due to poor quality of both the crops.
-Hanuman Godara, 82 RB (Raisinghnagar)
The soft-cotton crops were thriving in the fields. With this he estimated the production of 8 quintals per bigha. Due to unseasonal rains, this production has come down to 5 to 6 quintals per bigha. Moong chopped by rain turned black. -Gurdarshan Singh, 49 F (Shrikaranpur)
Due to heavy rains at the end of September, the harvested crops of moong have suffered the most. The quality of moong deteriorated due to water logging in barns. However, moisture in the soil will help in sowing the Rabi crop to some extent. -Satwinder Singh, Three O (Shrikaranpur)
The quality of moong and guar crops has deteriorated due to unseasonal rains across the district. In the survey conducted by the Revenue-Agriculture Department and Insurance Company, guar in about 82 percent of Patwar mandals and in 81 percent of moong crops, more than 50 percent is considered bad. The survey report has been sent to the government.
-Dr.G.R. Matoria, Joint Director (Agriculture), Sriganganagar
Kharif sowing this year in Sriganganagar district-405427
Kharif sowing last year in Sriganganagar district – 546499
This time sowing area decreased in Sriganganagar district-141072
(Source: Agriculture Department, Sowing in Hectares)
Patwar Division in Sriganganagar District-426
Guar crop failure – 350 in Patwar divisions
Damage in moong crop – 345 in Patwar divisions
When did the canal blockade happen?
Indira Gandhi Canal – 30 March to 28 May
Gangnahar-5 to 25 April