Mandya: For the first time in 20 years, the District has received record rainfall and the monsoon has been raging from June to September. Now the rains are also pouring heavily due to the extreme weather conditions, which is all likely to harm Rabi crops.
The rains in the District, which had started slowly since June, had intensified in July itself. The average rainfall every year was 630 mm. However, in July alone, it received more than 630 mm rainfall.
Due to excessive rainfall and cloudy weather every day, the crops are facing the threat of diseases. The symptoms of the disease are already showing sporadically, causing panic among the farmers. Also, farmers who do not get Fasal Bima Insurance for paddy crop are more likely to incur losses.
Till August and September, the farmers were engaged in sowing. However, due to heavy rains, the farmers have started sowing late. Also, sowing has been done till the first week of October. Now it is raining in the rabi season and it has become a headache for the farmers.
Sowing has also slowed down and farmers are struggling to save their existing crops. In the last four days, more than 430 hectares of agricultural crops have been destroyed due to heavy rains.