November 25, 2010 2:34:57 am
After damaging the standing cotton and groundnut crops,the unseasonal rains over the last few days have pushed up the prices of fruits and vegetables across the state.
Vegetable dealers across Gujarat have said the prices of vegetables have gone up by at least 100 per cent in last few days. The prices of potatoes and onions have also gone up mainly due to shortage in supply.
Vegetable dealers said the prices would come down to normal only when the rains stop and normal supplies resume in the wholesale market.
State Agriculture Director B R Shah said the sudden rains had primarily damaged the cotton and paddy crops.
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He said a survey conducted by his department had put the crop damage at Rs 25 crore. The exact extent of the loss can be calculated only after the rains stop.
But he added that the rains might do some good to the rabi crops like wheat and gram.
According to government estimates,paddy crop in around 26,975 hectares in Ahmedabad,Anand,Mehsana and Kheda,has been affected,resulting in an estimated loss of Rs13.6 crore.
Cotton crop in around 11,860 hectares in Ahmedabad,Amreli and Bhavnagar has been affected causing a loss of Rs11.80 crore.
State government officials added that the consistent rains and adverse weather conditions may continue as predicted by the Met Department and the damage to the agricultural sector is likely to go up. Officials further said that the unseasonal rains have affected sugarcane crushing in south Gujarat.
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