Kohima: Amid the battle against novel coronavirus, the state’s agriculture department notified that 522.45 hectares of agricultural crops were damaged by heavy rain, thunder squalls and hailstorm during the period of the nationwide lockdown.
“During the past few weeks, the impact of heavy rainfall, thunder squalls and hailstorm were experienced causing crop losses in various parts of the state,” an update from the state’s DIPR said.
An assessment on the scale of damage—in terms of the area and types of field crops— that are affected were surveyed by the Field Officers and functionaries in their respective posting Districts and Sub-Divisions.
As per the field reports, a total of 522.45 hectares of agricultural crops were damaged with nine out of the 11 districts being affected.
Zunheboto district recorded 212.5 hectares’ damage of maize, kholar, potato, cucumber and watermelon. Kiphire district record 182 hectares damage of maize, kholar and potato; Tuensang district with 59 hectares damage of potato, cabbage, kholar and maize; Kohima district with 20 hectares damage of potato, maize, jobstear, cabbage and carrot; and Longleng district with 18.5 hectares damage of paddy, maize and vegetables.
Dimapur recorded 12.45 hectares’ damage of maize, tomatoes and vegetables; Mokokchung district recorded 9.6 hectares’ damage of paddy, maize and vegetables; Phek district reported 8 hectares’ damage of maize, bean and cabbage; Peren district had 0.4 hectares’ damage of maize.
According to the agriculture director M Ben Yanthan, the names of the affected farmers has been collected by the respective DAOs and SDAOs even in the face of the state-wide lockdown measures and travel restrictions. The list of names will be then be submitted to the ministry of agriculture & farmers’ welfare, government of India, Kolkata division, he informed.