Floods not to impact Haryana paddy yield

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Sep 30 2010, 15:22pm hrs
Paddy (de-husked rice) production in Haryana, is expected good in the new crop year that starts from October 1, 2010, because of improved yields, despite rains playing havoc with kharif crop in many northern Indian states.

As paddy procurement is due to begin from October 1, the state is gearing up to purchase around 37 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this season as production is expected to be much more than last year which stood at 36.25 LMT.

However, as per figures obtained from agriculture department the area under paddy cultivation this year has reduced by about 55,000 hectare. It has gone down to 11.50 lakh hectare as compared to 12.05 lakh hectare last year.

A senior official of Haryana agriculture department told FE that though the area under the paddy crop has gone down but the yield is expected to be better this year.

In 2009-10 kharif season paddy yield was about 30 quintal per hectare and this year (2010-11 season) the yield expected is over 32 quintal per hectare. Moreover we feared that the heavy rains may damage the standing crop but the damage reported so far is limited, the official said.

He further added that market price for common varieties of paddy is prevailing around Rs 1,015 per quintal and basmati may cross Rs 2,000 per quintal, which will bring better returns to farmers.

However, as per the revenue and disaster management department of the state the first phase of floods that came in July affected about 2.26 lakh acres of largely paddy grown area in six districts, which included Fatehabad, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Kaithal and Yamunanagar.

We have already disbursed a relief amount of about Rs 11.3 crore for the flood affected farmers. However the figures related to damage of crops by the second phase of floods will be available by October end, Naresh Gulati, state financial commissioner and principal secretary revenue said.

The state government has instructed deputy commissioners of nine districts to conduct special girdawari (record of land cultivation) for crops damaged due to recent rains. Funds amounting to over Rs 1.53 crore to various deputy commissioners to distribute relief for the tube wells damaged due to floods in the state. The recent flood in Yamuna and heavy rainfall in other areas caused floods in district of Yamuna Nagar, Karnal, Panipat, Palwal, Mewat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Faridabad.