Flood affected farmers can demand big loan

Manali/Kullu :After floods in Himachal Pradesh devastated agricultural produce, distressed fruit and vegetable growers are considering taking huge loans for the next crop cycle.

Floods and incessant rains in July not only damaged the state’s infrastructure but also affected the quality and quantity of crops such as apples, plums, pears, tomatoes, cauliflower, beans, capsicum, chillies, cabbage, brinjal, peas and broccoli. Impressed. huge loss.

Himachal Pradesh ranks second in the country in apple and almond production. The state, known as the ‘Fruit and Vegetable Bowl of India’, is one of the largest producers of off-season vegetables and exotic fruits like persimmon and kiwi.

Katrain-based farmer Ranjit Singh Rana cultivated 3 acres of land out of the total 4 acres of land. “Incessant heavy rains led to flooding in the Beas river on July 9 and 10, resulting in water submergence of more than 2 acres, resulting in loss of 80-90% of crops of tomatoes, cauliflower, beans, capsicum and cabbage,” the fruit and vegetable farmer said. The crop was damaged.” Due to crop failure, Singh has suffered a loss of approx. 1.75 lakh, he said.

In the case of fruits, the quality of the crop was badly affected, forcing growers to sell their produce at lower prices. Puran Chand Thakur, a 65-year-old fruit grower from Banu village, had to sell his plum crop. 15,000 against the original price of Rs. 135,000.

Prices of Royal variety apples are now being quoted 30-50 per kg compared to normal price According to traders, 60-70 per kg in major wholesale markets of Kullu, Manali, Lahaul and Mandi.

Thakur had to sell not only plums but also apples, pears and Japanese or persimmon fruits at half price due to their limited shelf-life.

“I had cultivated fruits in 15.5 acres, of which 12 acres were damaged due to excessive rain in July. Now I have no option but to sell them at the price offered by traders,” Thakur said.

Vegetables are no exception. Fearing further losses ahead of the new season, farmers are unloading their small remaining stocks.

“The situation has gradually improved. Carrots, cauliflowers, tomatoes and radishes stuck in the fields got spoiled and we had to replant when the weather improved. Now the flow of supply of some vegetables in the market is so high that we are selling our produce at lower rates. For example, tomatoes in the low-lying areas of Himachal Pradesh and farms along the Beas river have completely failed, leading to a supply shortage in North India,” said Ramesh Chand, a farmer based in Raison, Himachal Pradesh.

“Now the supply from other states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh is so high that we are selling Rs 10-12 per kg compared to normal price 15 per kg.”

Environmentalists have blamed illegal sand mining on the beds of the Beas, Sutlej, Ravi, Chakki, Yamuna and Swan rivers, which they say is causing the rivers to change their course and cause destruction.

While farm organizations have written to the government for compensation, some farmers are hesitant because they find the process complicated and lengthy and ultimately yielding zero results.

Queries sent to the Agriculture Department of Himachal Pradesh Government and the Union Agriculture Ministry remained unanswered till press time.

Due to heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh on 9 and 10 July, almost all the rivers and their tributaries were in spate and changed their course at many places, causing massive destruction on the embankments. Large-scale devastation occurred along the banks of the Beas river, resulting in heavy loss of life, property and agriculture in Kullu and Mandi districts.

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