As per recent information available, it has been indicated that the Rabi paddy harvesting in Indravati irrigated areas of Junagarh, Jaipatna and Kalampur are in different stages and farmers are worried over pre-monsoon showers. To face with the changing weather conditions the farmers are working overtime to harvest and to beat the rains. As stated by the farmers, it has been reported that at least 40 per cent of paddy harvesting has been completed. Further, due to water constraints in Kalahandi district, Rabi paddy has been cultivated in only around fifty per cent of the area which was covered last year.
Meanwhile, as against Rabi paddy grown in 67438 hectors in 2014-15 seasons, in the 2015-16 Rabi seasons it has been grown in 35485 hectares out of which 28908 hectares in Indravati irrigated pocket. However, procurement operations were to commence from 5 th May, but for the finalization of farmer’s data there was a delay and it commenced from 16th May in some areas like Mahichala, as informed by the Assistant Civil Supply Officer Mr Dilip Kumar Patra.It was also informed that now, the Mandies are fully prepared to operate. It was also revealed that now the administration has made all arrangements for procurement operations. Further, as many as 21 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies have been entrusted to procure through their 45 Mandies accordingly.
Furthermore, in this regard, it has been assessed by supply department that there will be availability of 8, 22675 quintals of surplus Rabi paddy with farmers. However, now in Indravati irrigated area paddy harvesting is in different stages and due to pre monsoon and summer thunder showers farmers are spending sleepless night to complete the work. In addition, the paddy growers are worried how to safely harvest and shift paddy to the mandies. Out of the 7618 farmers of the district who have grown Rabi Paddy this season, the farmer’s data of 2200 farmers yet to be updated as per report of the supply department and the updating process is in progress.