Extreme rainfall damages nearly 4 million hectares of crops in Marathwada

Incessant rains by the month of August and September have affected 4.48 million farmers this season

A flooded agricultural land in the Marathwada district. Photo: Aishwarya Iyer A flooded agricultural land within the Marathwada district. Photograph: Aishwarya Iyer

Farmers in Maharashtra’s Marathwada area suffered yet one more extreme blow attributable to incessant rains throughout August and September. This comes after the farmers had incurred extreme losses value crores of rupees throughout July, 2022.

Over 4.48 million farmers have suffered extreme crop injury and this will improve over the approaching months, in accordance with the divisional commissionerate, Aurangabad.

Some 3,652,872 hectares (ha) of land have been affected as a result of sudden rains, of which 35,34,371 ha are rain-fed. Round 68,391 ha come underneath irrigation and 5,0,109 ha fall underneath horticulture.

 A distressed farmer on his farmland. Photograph: Aishwarya Iyer

The overall sowing space within the Aurangabad, Beed and Latur districts was reported to be about 2,067,896 hectares this season, in accordance with official estimates.

The division acquired rains within the final three weeks of September, making it over 100 per cent above regular. Aurangabad district acquired 165 per cent, 113 per cent and 130 per cent of rainfall between September 1 and 21, in accordance with the India Meteorological Division (IMD).

Beed acquired 122 and 116 per cent rainfall for the weeks September 7-14 and September 14-21 respectively. Latur, Jalna and Parbhani, Osmanabad and Hingoli districts additionally acquired extra rainfall leading to large-scale crop damages.


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Bapurao Kurumkar, a marginal farmer from the Beed district, stated all his crops had been broken within the rains.

“September is the month when crops begin bearing fruit and harvest begins. However simply after I was about to reap tur (pigeon pea) and soyabean, the rains induced extreme injury,” he informed DTE.

Kurumkar stated his cotton plantation was additionally underneath risk. “I’ve planted all of the crops in three acres (1.21 ha) of land and I worry that every one the crops will probably be misplaced,” he stated.

The cotton begins bearing pods and the October warmth would have facilitated it. However with extra rains, the pods have been broken, he added.

Farmers have began taking precautions to keep away from any infestation as properly.


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“The sudden rains make cotton crops weak to infestation. I’ve sprayed pesticides and pesticides for the fifth time this season. Nevertheless, the train has elevated the enter value by thrice,” stated Dastagir Pathan, one other farmer from Beed district.

The price of spraying pesticides by the season has elevated to Rs 60,000 attributable to incessant rains, stated Dastagir, who co-owns six-acre (2.42 ha) together with his two brothers.

“If I promote cotton, I’m more likely to earn the identical sum of money. Given the heavy bills, there will probably be no income to maintain. Our struggle is barely to save lots of the crops from excessive climate,” he added.

Different farmers  from Marathwada informed DTE they feared the remaining crops would additionally endure injury if the rains continued.

The impact of the La Nina climate phenomenon will proceed till year-end, leading to extra rains, together with within the Indian subcontinent, acknowledged the World Meteorological Group, in its current report.

The district administration officers have already began discipline inspections to evaluate crop damages. Nevertheless, solely restricted reduction has been disbursed by the state authorities

The divisional commissionerate has estimated damages to the tune of Rs 376,223 for farmers who’ve suffered greater than 33 per cent of crop loss, making them eligible for crop injury compensation from the state authorities.

Funds value Rs 1,688 crore have already been acquired from the state authorities, stated Sunil Kendrekar, the divisional commissioner. “Extra funds will probably be requested because the experiences of damages are up to date and losses and measured,” he added. 

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