Heavy Rain-Flood in Vidarbha Damaged Million Hector crop forcing Debt Trapped Farmers Suicides
Record rain since 2nd june @ more than 100mm to 200 mm per day has created havoc and most of region which is known as dry land area has been converted in to historic in flood-ravaged areas as region agrarian crisis hit and more are debt trapped and distressed has reported more than 10 thousand farm suicides since 2005 and massive crop failure as per initial report in a million hector due rain furry and flood has forced three more farm suicides in last 72 hours intensified as Santosh Sidam of village Mangi and Anil Marape of village Thanegoan both from yavamal and Charan Rathode from village Parsoda in Amaravati district when heavy rain damaged the standing crop of cotton and soya and as per damages being reported due on going rain cotton,soya and paddy under more than 2 million hector is likely damaged calling emergency measure to tackle wet drought in flood-ravaged areas of the region. Many talukas, especially in east Vidarbha, have been badly affected due to very heavy rainfall over the last 52 days. The maximum damage has been to cotton and Soyabean crops. Paddy, which requires lot of water, too is likely to have been damaged and farmers were forced triple-double sowing of costly seed and dosing of fertilizer now in a deep distressed as they arranged it from private money leaders and now even rain stop today crop under 5 million hector yield will not more 50% hence total damges are more than Rs.10,000 crore , Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJAS) informed today .
“We are receiving rain in day that is ten time than we used to get in whole month niether the farmers nor the field is ready to face this massive cloud busting and hostile and helpless administration is adding fuel in the crisis ,it is reported that east Vidarbha, more than 2 lakh hectare, which is over 10% of the total land under cultivation, has been flood hit. The worst affected is Yavatmal district where 20% cropland has been affected by floods caused by the rains. Agriculture officials said that the damage is on the higher side as crop damage is over 50% now Wardha and Chandrapur, Gadchiroli more damages are reported even last year drought hit Buldhana flood has damaged crop as major dams in vidarbha are over flowing causing more damages to crop vidarbha more than 50 casualties of human being reported thousands of cattle died in rain and flood hence we want central intervention declaring wet drought in vidrabha and relief aid to dying farming community of vidrabha” Tiwari urged. .
“Around 10 Million of population of rural vidrabha are facing rain furry and are not getting food ,electricity and medical health there are wide spread protest and cry but administration is not able to give any aid ,officials till assessing the flood crisis and requisite relief aid is awaiting their survey that will take another month that more irritating hence we want chief minister should visit to flood hit vidrabha and order the relief” Tiwari urged.