Nizamabad: Due to the heavy rains and hailstorm, maize, red jowar, paddy, sesame and tobacco crops were damaged over 4,221 hectares of land in 70 villages of eight mandals in Nizamabad district. Further, around 200 sheep, including subsidised, died in Balkonda mandal.
On Monday night, heavy rains and hailstorm was recorded in eight mandals of Nizamabad district: Navipet- 33.2 mm, Balkonda -18.4 mm, Nandipet -18 mm, Kotagiri -14.4 mm, Bodhan -10.6 mm, Yedapally -8.6 mm, Renjal -5.2 mm and Makloor -5 mm. An average of 4.2 mm rainfall was recorded in the district.
According to the Joint Director of Agriculture (JDA) Govind, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday conducted a preliminary survey to find out the extent of crop damage in the affected villages. According to the crop, maize, red jowar, paddy and sesame crops were damaged on 4,221 hectares of land in 70 villages of eight mandals and 6,710 farmers have lost their crop. He informed that in Bheemgal agriculture division, maize crop was damaged in 288 hectares of land and red jowar crop was damaged in 1,428 hectares of land in 23 villages of Balonda, Mendora, Mupkal and Yergatla mandals. Around 2,939 farmers are bearing the brunt.
The JDA said that in Armoor agriculture division paddy, maize, red jowar and sesame crops were damaged in 46 villages of Armoor, Makloor and Nandipet mandals, with 3,661 farmers being hit. Paddy over 299 hectares, maize over 611 hectares, red jowar over 1,314 hectares and sesam over 69 hectares of land was damaged.
In Nizamabad Rural agriculture division, crop loss was reported over 212 hectares of land in Palda village and around 110 farmers lost their crop. Paddy crop loss was damaged in 152 hectares of land and maize crop was damaged in 60 hectares of land.
Agriculture officials on Tuesday conducted a preliminary survey to review the extent of crop loss in various villages and about 50 per cent of the crop was reportedly damaged. The officials said that maize and sorghum crops were at the grain hardening to harvesting stage and in some areas they were in the ready for harvest stage, however, due to the hailstorms, farmers have lost the crop. After completion of the preliminary survey, the final survey will be conducted to measure the exact extent of crop damage, the JDA said.
Rajanna, a red jowar farmer, said that he had sown red jower over three acres of land and his crop was in the ready for harvest stage and that he was waiting for a crop cutter to cut the crop within one or two days. He appealed the officials to provide him government aid.
Dried turmeric crop and tobacco plants were damaged at various places of Nizamabad district. Turmeric crop was damaged in Balkonda and Armoor Assembly constituencies and tobacco plantations were damaged in Renjal mandal of Nizamabad district.