Deficient rainfall in 9 districts; drought-like situation in 116 blocks

Bhubaneswar: As many as nine districts in Odisha have received below-normal rainfall and drought-like situation has emerged in 116 blocks of the State. Lack of rainfall has affected farming in many places with farmers still waiting for the rain.

According to data from the met department, the State should have received 929.5mm rainfall since June 1 till today. However, it has received only 811.4mm rainfall. The State has received 13% less than normal rainfall, informed met department sources.

Kandhamal district has received 38% less rainfall, while in Bolangir 32%, Khurda 31%, Nayagarh 29,
Kalahandi 27%, Subarnapur 24%, Koraput 23%, Puri 22% and Ganjam 21% lower than normal rainfall has been recorded, informed director of the Bhubaneswar met department, Sarat Sahu.

As much as 2.77 lakh hectares of cultivated land across 116 blocks have been affected by deficient rainfall. Paddy cultivation across 1.65 lakh hectare has been affected.

In a bid to tackle the situation, 40,000 subsidised pump sets and seeds for alternative crops like moong, sesame and mustard are being supplied to the farmers, informed agriculture director, Pramod Kumar Meherda.