Karnataka stares at heavy crop losses on excessive rains

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019


–Karnataka declares 103 talukas in 22 districts as flood affected

–Horticulture crops on 109,429 ha damaged more than 33%

–Onion crop on 24,900 ha hit by floods as of Sep-end

–Chilli crop on 25,500 ha, pepper on 10,400 ha affected


By Kavita Desai


MUMBAI – Heavy rains and floods in August and September have severely hit over thousands of hectares of horticultural crops in Karnataka, leading the state to declare 103 talukas in 22 districts as flood-affected, an official at the state's horticulture department told Cogencis.


The total acreage affected is yet to be finalised. However, the preliminary data by the state horticulture department showed that horticulture crops on 109,429 ha were damaged to the extent of over 33%. Also, around 25,500 ha under chilli, 10,400 ha under pepper and 19,550 ha under arecanut have also been affected due to excessive rains and floods. Notably, Karnataka is one of the major producers of onion, chilli, and black pepper.


Crops such as banana, ginger, garlic and coconut were also adversely affected due to heavy rains. However, the report has excluded crop damage to coffee plantations, it said.


As data on crop losses is compiled based on the inputs until the end of September, the numbers are set to swell once the assessment for October is completed as heavy rains continued through this month as well when most of these crops were in growth stage, the official said.


Dharwad, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Gadag, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru are some districts with significant crop losses.


The crop damage report for pulses, paddy and other farm goods for September and October is yet to be prepared. However, till the end of August, the state had witnessed heavy damage to kharif crops during sowing and early growth stage, to the tune of 700,000 ha. Of this, 169,000 ha were under maize, 173,000 ha under sugarcane, and 84,000 ha under cotton, another farm department official said.


During Jun-Sep, the state received 1,033.3 mm of rainfall, 23% above the normal weighted average of 840.7 mm, according to data from India Meteorological Department.


Rains continue to lash Karnataka. During the week ended Oct 23, many farm-centric regions in the state received 273% above-normal rainfall at 92.6 mm, leading to floods.  End


Edited by Avishek Dutta


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