In the first six days of October ,the state talukas have received unprecedented rainfall,which has led to the inundation of crops across the state.This was stated by officers in the state agricultural department.The average rainfall in the state for October is 87.5 mm,but in the first six days the rainfall is already 137 per cent of normal,with three more weeks left to go. Around one lakh hectares of crop has been damaged in eight districts of Solapur,Sangli,Kolhapur,Satara,Sindudurg,Ratnagiri,Ahmednagar and Pune districts. Primarily it is the paddy crop that has been affected,in Solapur it is the rabi jowar crop that was recently sown that is damaged, said H B Nandwate,Director,extension.
The worst affected parts are western Maharashtra and Konkan. The rainfall in Sindudurg has been 351 per cent of normal,while rainfall in Ratnagiri has been 188 per cent of normal. Thane ( 207 per cent),Raigad ( 156 per cent),nashik (121 per cent),jalgaon (179 per cent),Nandurbar (159 per cent),Solapur ( 154 per cent),and Satara (119 per cent) were among the those districts which received heavier than normal rainfall.
At present,the crop damage has been judged only by eye estimates.
The district collectorates have been asked to make actual estimates now, he said. Agriculture officials say,however,that this rainfall will be good for the rabi crop.
Three districts Pune,solapur and Ahmednagar – had already begun rabi sowing when the deluge hit. Only around 14 per cent of the rabi sowing had been done,which was inundated because of the deluge. However,Vidharba and Marathwada have also received good rainfall. Which will be useful for rabi sowing, Nandwate said.
The state is currently experimenting with a crop insurance scheme for six districts in the state. However,damage due to floods will not automatically provide them with insurance. In the six districts farmers will get compensation against loss of yield.
Agriculture officials said that compensation will be separately provided against calamities.