Rain Deficit in Odisha: Impact on Agriculture

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Bhubaneswar: In most of the districts in Odisha are facing a severely dry condition which has almost led to a drought like situation. Districts like Jajpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Kandhamal and Nayagarh are witnessing a chronic dry situation currently.

Pune IMD report states that about 75 percent of the area is going through a drought like situation and extreme dryness due to heavily insufficient rainfall in the state. The IMD drought report shows majority of the blocks in Jajpur district are facing excessive dry conditions since a long period of June 1 to 25 August . Similarly many such blocks in other districts such as Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Kandhamal and Nayagarh are also facing the same situation.

The entire western Odisha is experiencing a reasonable dry conditions, which has also been  prevailing in the rest of the districts in the state. Due this rain deficit there is a heavy loss in agriculture. The state is have to witness number of farmer suicide again. Small and landless farmers have to bear a heavy brunt by this drought like situation as they already have the burdern of repaying loan. Moreover if they lose crop they’ll leave slip into a devastating condition.

Agriculture like all other sectors has been badly affected by the pandemic. Lack of rain even worsens the situation for the farmers in the state. As Odisha is a state dominated by the agricultural sector the current scenario is going to impact the state’s economy adversely. By farmers losing crops, lack of livelihood, poor agricultural productions and inflation in food items will surely hit the backbone of the state’s economy .

-OdishaAge