Rains cause panic among Goan farmers

Intermittent to heavy showers witnessed in some parts of the state has turned out to be a cause of some concern for the farmers. Officials of the agriculture department said that paddy fields located in the low lying areas of Salcete could be susceptible to damage, as in some areas the crop had almost matured and was due for harvesting within a week.

Speaking to TOI, zonal agricultural officer, Salcete, Sandeep Phaldessai, said that the damage to the paddy crops will be more if the rain continues for some more days.

"If it continues raining, there is a possibility of water logging of the fields leading to damage of the standing crops. However, by rough estimates, such damage will not be more than 2%," Phaldesai said.

As, nowadays, combined harvesting machines are using for harvesting the yield, the crops should be in a standing position for the machines to work effectively, he added.

However, in hinterland areas of Quepem and Sanguem, the untimely rains may have served as a blessing, agriculture officials said.

"In some areas of Quepem and Sanguem, farmers delayed sowing the paddy seeds owing to the late onset of monsoons. Therefore, these showers, may, in fact help in the vigorous flowering of the crop," assistant agriculture officer, Quepem, Shariff Furtado, told TOI.

Farmers from Bicholim who have cultivated paddy have said that they will be facing losses this year too due to the likely destruction of their paddy cultivation of khazan farming due to heavy rains at the time of harvesting. [TOI]