Rains damage crops in Balehonnur

Rains damage crops in Balehonnur

Spoilt stack of paddy left drenched in the field at Balehonnur. DH photo

The harvested paddy has started sprouting in the fields itself because of the rains. The rains stopped from Sunday night till Monday afternoon and during this period farmers got out to the field to take up harvesting works but all a sudden drizzle spoilt the cake and the farmers were left in a situation where they could neither get the paddy from the field or leave it there.

“We already had enough problems to fight against and this extended rains has only worsened the situation for us. We have landed in a bottomless well and we know we have to face the problems,” says a farmer.

Condition of areca and coffee is no different. Areca left unplucked have been spoilt due to rains and those plucked have lost been lost because of the cloudy weather as they could not dry and process the same. The areca processed so far have been lost due to growth of fungus. The extended rains have led to blossoms in coffee plants much before the usual period. The areca growers were just rejoicing over the slight increase in price of areca in the market. However, the untimely rainfall has put an end to their celebration mood.
Mango buds too have been affected by the rains as the blossom in mango trees have withered away by and large.

Cricket
The Cricket Association of Balehonnur had planned a cricket tournament at Kalaranga stadium but the rains have played a spoil sport.
The pitch has been transformed into a marshy land, thereby smothering the expectations of the players and the organisers.
However, while the rain stopped on Sunday afternoon, the organisers made a brisk job of pouring sand over the pitch to facilitate the tournament but went in vain.
DH News Service

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