Crops over 17 lakh hectares in Maharashtra have been affected as rains lashed the state during the withdrawal of the monsoon. Soyabean, cotton, maize, sorghum (jowar), cotton and vegetable crops were largely affected, with rice growers in Konkan reporting large-scale destruction of their crops.
The combined effect of Cyclone Kyarr and withdrawal of monsoon has led to renewed rainfall. Maharashtra has till date reported excess rainfall of 112.8 per cent, receiving 1,349.6 mm of rainfall compared to the normal 1,196.5 mm.
Barring districts in Amravati division, all other parts of the state have received more than 100 per cent rainfall. Konkan and Pune division have recorded higher rainfall at 132.9 per cent and 137.4 per cent.
Soyabean growers in Marathwada and Vidarbha have reported double loss to their crops. Rain has led to waterlogging in fields, where crops are harvest-ready. Growers say increased moisture in crops would fetch them lower prices. For farmers who had already harvested their crops, rainfall has drenched the crops, which has led to untimely germination of harvested beans. Similar damage has been reported for bajra and maize.
The present spike in prices of vegetables is mainly because of ready crops being laid to waste because of rain.
Farmers have said they will have to wait for 15 more days before another picking, thus the present prices would remain constant.