UMERKOTE: With kharif season underway, farmers throughout Nabarangpur are a distressed lot as insufficient rainfall and irrigation have affected transplantation and subsequent actions within the district.
Based on the meteorological division, Nabarangpur has acquired 50 per cent much less rainfall than final 12 months. The district has acquired complete 166.03 mm rainfall until now as towards 336.73 mm within the corresponding interval final 12 months.
Farmers are in despair because the water degree is receding in catchment areas and most lands within the district are parched. Nabarangpur district has 2,01,421 hectares (ha) of arable land of which 1,01,517 ha are underneath paddy cultivation. Nevertheless, this 12 months, solely 95,823 ha is underneath cultivation.
As well as, poor irrigation has compounded the misery of farmers. Whereas water ranges of rivers and streams are low in Nabarangpur, the district doesn’t have any giant and medium irrigation services besides test dams. As per statistics, solely 17 per cent of the district’s land is irrigated. Surprisingly, over 67 villages in Nabarangpur had been submerged by the Indravati Challenge however none of them has entry to the reservoir water. The undertaking is catering to solely Kalahandi district as of now whereas displaced households right here which live in camps haven’t any extra assist to irrigate their farmlands.
Apart from Bhaskel Dam in Umerkote, the district has no different supply of irrigation water for farming. Nevertheless, the reservoir’s storage capability has been diminished to 60 per cent on account of siltation and lack of upkeep. Sources mentioned, the reservoir has not been cleaned since its institution in 1961 and this has impacted its catchment capability.
The State authorities had deliberate to extend irrigation land as much as 35 per cent inside 2020 however to no avail. Farmer chief Khemraj Bagh mentioned farmers within the district are a careworn lot proper from the beginning of farming actions with points like scarcity of fertilisers, irrigation, crop failure and procurement irregularities. Apart from, paddy and maize cultivation in forest land will not be even taken into authorities account for assist services.
District Director of Agriculture Satyaprakash Samantray mentioned Nabarangpur has about 65,470 ha irrigated land. Attributable to low rainfall in comparison with final 12 months, solely 45 per cent of the paddy fields have been cultivated to this point. If there’s no rainfall within the subsequent seven days, farmers are prone to face a drought-like state of affairs and crop injury is imminent, he mentioned.