orissa-news

Odisha farmers shift harvested crops after cyclone threat

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 : Odisha farmers Wednesday rushed to shift their harvested paddy left in the fields to safer places as Cyclone Lehar threatens to lash the state with heavy rain.


Agriculture Department director R.Santhagopalan told IANS that the total area under the paddy cultivation during this Kharif season was 3.6 million hectares and the harvested crops in about fifteen percent of the area are still lying in the open.

"We have asked the farmers not to leave their harvested crops in the open. They have started moving their crops from the fields. Those who have not done are likely to move it by Wednesday evening," he added.

The Cyclone Lehar, which hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with wind speed of over 110 km per hour Sunday, lay centred about 725 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, off Odisha coast.

It would intensify and move west-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around noon Nov 28, the weather office forecast.

Although there is no visible damage in Odisha at this point, Bhubaneswar Met Office has predicted widespread rain and has asked the authorities to take adequate measures against standing crops in southern and western parts of the state.

Disaster Rapid Action Force (DRAF) teams have been sent to ten southern and western districts which could witness heavy rainfall and flooding, an official said.

The latest alert has triggered fear among the coastal residents as the Bay of Bengal has already witnessed two severe cyclones since October.

Cyclone Helen hit the coast last week, forcing authorities to evacuate thousands of people in Andhra Pradesh. It killed six people and caused extensive damage to standing crops in that state.

The cyclone hit the coast weeks after another severe tropical cyclone, Phailin, in the Bay of Bengal devastated lives and damaged properties in more than 17 districts in Odisha after making landfall Oct 12 night near Gopalpur in the state's Ganjam district.

Santhagopalan said Odisha expected a bumper Kharif output of 10 million tonnes this year. The target is now 6.3 million tonne as more than 20 percent crops were damaged by Cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods.

Odisha contributes about a seventh of India's total rice production, he said.

--IANS (Posted on 27-11-2013)

orissa-news headlines

Naveen eyes retaining power for 4th time in row in Odisha

BJP demands probe into rise of wealth of ruling BJD leaders

Naveen Patnaik facing his toughest battle yet (Election Special)

Campaign seals the fortune of 98 LS and 747 Assy aspirants in Odisha

BJP demands probe into rise of wealth of ruling BJD leaders

Lady Maoist killed in encounter; huge arms ammunition seized

Fortune of 98 LS and 747 Assy aspirants in Odisha sealed

Odisha votes for its final phase of LS, assembly polls Thursday

Baisakhi celebrated at Kaleshwar Mahadev; thousands took dip in Beas

Rahul appeals voters to give 'rest' to Naveen Patnaik govt in Odisha

BJP to form govt. in Odisha and Centre- Arun Singh

Repolling to be held in Odisha in 22 booths on April 17

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top