Rain relief for farmers, crop prospects improve

JEYPORE: Rains on Thursday night brought some relief to the farmers of Jeypore who have been facing water scarcity for their paddy crop.
Three hours of rain in the night has improved the field situation to some extent.
Authorities of Upper Kolab project had decided to supply irrigation water in Jeypore, Borrigumma, Kotpad and Kundra command areas for the kharif crop season that began in June.
Farmers informed that all the pockets of Jeypore sub-division got rains and it improved the crop condition.
Meanwhile, paddy procurement for the kharif marketing season began in the district on Friday.
Registered farmers can sell their produce directly to primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACS) in the mandis.
The procured paddy will be provided by PACS to millers for custom milling.
The millers have demanded that the State Civil Supply Corporation should provide them gunny bags to stock paddy in the mandis after procurement, facilities to transport procured paddy from mandis to milling points and clearance of their dues by the district civil supply office, among other things.
After being assured of irrigation water, farmers cultivated 45,000 ha in the ayecut areas In the absence of irrigation water and rain, crops in over 20,000 hectares of land were on the verge of drying up Water supply from Upper Kolab project had slowed down in the last fortnight Siltation and damages blocked water flow in canals to crop lands at tail ends (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp.
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