Meeting to assist farmers deal with rain deficiency

first_imgKolkata: A high-level meeting may be conducted at Nabanna on Tuesday to assess the condition of farmers in the districts and to roll-out an alternative policy if the deficiency in rainfall continues to prevail in South Bengal for the next couple of days.It was learnt that the state government may adopt an alternative agricultural method for the farmers if the situation continues. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had already expressed her concern about it. The state Secretariat has sought report from the Agriculture department officials of every district to take a stock of the situation at the ground level. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSenior officials of the state Agriculture department are expected to take part in Tuesday’s meeting where the final decision may be taken over alternative methods to support the farmers. Pradip Majumdar, advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on agriculture and allied sector, however, assured that there is nothing to panic yet. Banerjee had issued necessary instructions to the Agriculture department to ensure that the farmers are not inconvenienced. She had directed the department to adopt alternative agriculture methods so that crops can be sown even if there is scanty rainfall. Farmers in various districts are staring at a loss due to the damage caused by high humidity level and scanty rainfall. The average deficiency of rainfall in North Bengal is nearly 30 percent while in South Bengal the percentage is as high as 60. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the Agriculture department, the deficiency in rainfall is 62 percent in East and West Burdwan, 58 percent in North 24-Parganas, 55 percent in Nadia, 50 percent in East Midnapore. In districts like Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad, Purulia, South 24-Parganas and Howrah too the scarcity of rainfall is over 40 percent. The less amount of rainfall has led to minimum storage of water in the dams which is also an area of concern for the state government.last_img