Groundnut, cotton growers in Gujarat worried over unseasonal rains

Unseasonal rains in areas of Gujarat has apprehensive cotton growers and also posed a risk to the harvested groundnut crop, which was stored in open up at the market place yards or at the discipline.

Farmers in Saurasthra and Central Gujarat informed that a drastic modify in the climate with rains and solid winds in some areas has impacted kharif crops like groundnut, chana (gram) and cotton. Other crops that are impacted are banana, winter wheat and onion crops.

“There were being apparent advisories issued by the Condition authorities, including the respective APMCs, to the traders and farmers not to deliver their crops due to the chance of a climatic disturbance from November 30 to December two. The damages are not significant but at isolated spots,” said an agriculture official in the Condition.

Crops unprotected

Farmers said that most of the kharif groundnut crops are harvested and stored either at the fields or at the market place yards. “Due to large portions of sacks packed with harvested groundnut, there were being not protecting masking for the sacks at many spots. This prompted damages to the harvested crops,” said a farmer. Notably, many market place yards experienced introduced closure for Wednesday and Thursday, directing farmers not to deliver their harvested crop for the auctions amidst climatic uncertainty.

The Met department experienced predicted major rains in areas of Gujarat and Saurashtra. About 89 talukas in the districts of Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Surat, Ahmedabad, Anand, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar received the unseasonal showers.

In its first progress estimate, the Gujarat Government has projected groundnut manufacturing to the tune of 39.94 lakh tonnes, whilst for cotton it has projected the kharif output of eighty.95 lakh bales (each of a hundred and seventy kg). Among other food stuff crops this sort of as pulses, the kharif manufacturing is believed at four.five lakh tonnes.