FANI Hits Horticulture

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “FANI” have caused extensive damage to the standing field crops, fruit orchards, plantation crops, vegetable crops and various other cash crop like mushroom, betel vine and honey bee etc.

“FANI has wreaked severe damage to different infrastructure and assets thereby adversely affecting the life and livelihood of thousands of farmers”, said Bijaya Ketan Upadhyaya, Director of Horticulture.
According to the field reports reached  the Directorate of Horticulture, the farmers of Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada are the worst sufferers along with the inhabitants of Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak , Ganjam , Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Balasore etc.
In costal districts, coconut plantation is the main stay of the farmers which provides them a major share of their annual income. Specifically out of 9500 hectare of coconut plantation an area of about 6625 hectare has been damaged very badly in Puri Districts only. 
Odisha is the largest producer of Paddy Straw Mushroom in the country.  
The worst affected districts like Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack are the highest producers of Mushroom in the state. “FANI” has affected more than 5000 Mushroom growers.
Betel vine is one of the main crops of small farmers in Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Cuttack districts. “Small area, Large Income” applies to Betel vine cultivation. A farmer gets annual income of Rs.1 Lakh per year for 15 years over an area of 5 cent. About 5000 betel vine farmers have lost their livelihood with the affect of “FANI”.
Banana is a highly income generating crop, which is widely grown in irrigated belts of costal districts. During FANI, more than 1650hectares of standing crop of Banana has been damaged.
Besides, more than 10,000hectares of Vegetable crop along with Vine crops have been damaged due to the wind followed by untimely rainfall.
A number of advanced farmers / agri-entrepreneurs have adopted the technology to grow exotic flowers & vegetables successfully. But unfortunately, the severe cyclonic storm “FANI” has dealt a death blow to such farmers / entrepreneurs in the cyclone hit areas.
The farmers/entrepreneurs, who took pains to grow crops like exotic flowers & vegetables under protected conditions i.e. inside green houses & shade net houses, have suffered massive damage.
As per the preliminary assessment approximately, 216000 Square Meters of protected structures i.e. Greenhouse & shade net house has been damaged. The extent of damage may vary 40% to 90% from place to place. Total financial implication of the loss may be around Rs. 12 Crores.

The cold stores along the trajectory of cyclonic storm especially in the districts of Puri, Khurdha, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar Sub-Division have witnessed a large scale destruction to the cold store infrastructure to the expensive insulation systems (Puff Walls, Refrigeration Systems & Electrical Systems). The entrepreneur who took pains to establish cold stores are now in the state of stupor. One thing nagging their minds is how to repay the high incurred term loan.
As per the preliminary report, four cold stores in the districts of Puri, Khurdha, Cuttack & Bhubaneswar Sub-Division are severely damaged & three cold stores in the districts of Bhadrak, Balasore & Jajpur are partly damaged.
The extent of loss of incurred in the cold store at Puri, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar Sub-Division would be around Rs. 1 crore per cold store.
There is also apprehension that, the after effects of the devastation caused by FANI to the cold store infrastructure could escalate prices of vegetables like: Potato, Carrot etc in the affected area. With many cold stores going kaput in the vulnerable cyclone hit areas the storage of Potato and other vegetables would be an uphill task.

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