Mancherial/Nirmal/Nizamabad: Unseasonal rains coupled with hailstorm wreaked havoc on the farming community in Nizamabad, Mancherial and Nirmal districts on Monday night, damaging standing paddy, maize, red gram, and tobacco crops in the three districts.
Authorities from the Agriculture department have begun the initial survey of losses sustained by the farmers in the three districts.
Thandur, Kannepalli and Bheemi mandals of Mancherial district registered between 19.8 mm and 27.0 mm of rainfall. Nirmal’s Mudhole, Lokeshwaram and Bhainsa mandals saw over 60 mm of rainfall. Nirmal, Nirmal Rural, Tanur, Kuntala, Sarangapur, Dilawarpur, Kubheer, Pembi, Narsapur G, Khanapur, Mamda and Soan mandals recorded between 21 mm and 46.4 mm of rainfall.
In Nizamabad, heavy rains and hailstorms damaged maize, red jowar, paddy, sesame and tobacco crops in 4,221 hectare spread over 70 villages covering eight mandals. At least 200 sheep also perished in the hailstorm in Balkonda mandal.
Heavy rain and hailstorm was recorded in eight mandals of Nizamabad district, with Navipet recording 33.2 mm, Balkonda-18.4mm, Nandipet-18 mm, Kotagiri-14.4mm, Bodhan-10.6mm, Yedapally-8.6mm, Renjal-5.2mm and Makloor-5mm.
According to the Joint Director of Agriculture (JDA) Govind, the Agriculture department began preliminary crop damage survey in the affected villages. According to the initial survey, maize, red jowar, paddy and sesame crops were damaged in 4,221 hectare in 70 villages of eight mandals, affecting a total of 6,710 farmers.
Endowments Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy has requested farmers not to be disheartened by the unseasonal showers, and assured that government would take allsteps to extend all support to the rain-hit farmers.