Local farmers have requested the Yogi Adityanath government to help them overcome the crisis. (Source: IE)
Malihabad: After a strong dust storm hit Malihabad and other places in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening causing a lot of damage to the mango fruit trees, local farmers have requested the Yogi Adityanath government to help them overcome the crisis. The dust storm not only disrupted traffic, but also uprooted trees and power posts in Lucknow and its adjacent areas, including Malihabad. Although no causalties have so far been reported, state government officials are still assessing the actual extent of damage.
Media reports suggest that the storm damaged mainly the mango harvest, prompting mango producers to seek the government’s help. Last year, Malihabad farmers had blamed Samajwadi Party for not meeting their demands for compensation after rain scarcity affected the crop, according to a Hindustan Times report. This time, they are hopeful that the BJP government will realise their problems and offer help especially after Wednesday’s massive storm-related damage.
With the Regional Met Department predicting more dust storms in the coming days, farmers informed the concerned authorities to help them take precautionary measures as most of the fruit has fallen off the trees because of gusty winds on Wednesday.
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Last month, the newly-elected state government announced that people could purchase the finest variety of mangoes at a fixed price in government-run outlets in Uttar Pradesh. As per a National Horticulture Board (NHB) report, Uttar Pradesh had produced 438.70 million mangoes in 2012-13 and majority of them was produced in Malihabad. Usually, mango traders in the state do business worth Rs 4-5 lakh per day in the peak months, according to a FE Bureau report.