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Dry Spell Hits Crop

Deficit Rainfall in as many as 114 Blocks in eleven districts in the State have affected Crop Coverage for which less areas have been covered as compared to last year and this year’s target has not been achieved.

 
Due to scanty rainfall between June and September this year, 59.809 Lakh Hectare have been covered, while it was 60.220 Lakh Hectare last year. Crop Coverage Target was 61.525 Lakh Hectare for 2017.
 
This information came to fore after a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.
 
Nine districts are affected by deficit rainfall Rainfall in namely, Subarnapur, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Bargarh, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bolangir and Angul remained deficit between 19% & 39% during the period from 1 June, 2017 to 30 September, 2017.
Chief Minister has instructed all district collectors to submit panchayat wise report on amount of rainfall and crop loss by 15 October following which further action will be taken.

Mr.Patnaik has directed the officials to activate lift irrigation points in the areas which received scanty rainfall.
 
He also laid emphasis on proper management of canal water and ensuring adequate jobs generated in affected areas, said sources.    
 
According to an official report of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) out of Long Term Average (LTA) rainfall of 1144.3 mm, only 1028.3 mm rainfall has been recorded till date.
 
Less than 10.1 percent rainfall was recorded between June and September, the report said.
 
Two blocks, Odapada and Hatadihi, are the worst affected, added the report.
 
The report said only district Gajapati received surplus rainfall more than 19 per cent during the period from 1June, 2017 to 30 September, 2017.
Nearly 20 districts which received normal rainfall (+ 19% to - 19%) are Rayagada, Kalahandi, Ganjam, Nawarangpur, Khordha, Malkangiri, Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Deogarh, Koraput, Puri, Sundargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Kendrapara, Sambalpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal and Nuapada during this period, it said.
There were total 49.8 rainy days during June to September, 2017 against the normal average of 52.4 rainy days. There were 10 rainy days in June, 15.6 rainy days in July, 15.1 rainy days in August and 9.1 rainy days in September, 2017.
Going by the Block-wise rainfall data, 45 number of Blocks have received surplus rainfall (>19%), 155 Blocks received normal rainfall (+ 19% to - 19%), 87 Blocks received deficit rainfall (-19% to -39%), 25 Blocks received severe deficit rainfall (-39% to -59%) and 2 Blocks experienced scanty rainfall (shortfall of >59%) during these 4 months June-July-August-September cumulatively.
 
Two Blocks which have experienced scanty rainfall are Odapada in Dhenkanal District (-62.2%) and Hatadihi in Keonjhar district (-60.2%) during these four months. 
 


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