308 of 382 Mayurbhanj panchayats drought-hit

Bhubaneswar: The recent withdrawal of south west monsoon from the State has left miseries among the farmers in Mayurbhanj district who had expected a good rainfall this time like previous season.

The district which received scanty rain fall in this season, has 308 drought-hit panchayats of 382, a report submitted by district agriculture officer to the State government said.

The report further stated out of 3915 villages, 3026 have been affected by the drought.

Officials said though the government had set a target of cultivation in 2.94 lakh hectare spreading over 26 blocks of the district, the rainfall deficit has marred the plan.

The report which the government will analyse before making an assessment on drought-hit areas of the State apprehended fifty per cent crop loss in 40 thousand hectares of the total cultivable land.

19,154 hectares of land are completely affected by drought, it said.

According to the report Raruaan, Jashipur, Sukruli, Morada, Rairangpur, Tiring and Bahalda blocks have been affected by drought.