Eluru, Jul 27: Following incessant rains for the last few days paddy crop in hundreds of acres inundated in West Godavari district, considered to be the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh.
The paddy seedbeds in hundreds of acres inundated following the overflow of Nakkala and Kaja streams. Due to heavy rains in Narsapuram division, the Chinchinada Canal was breached at Pujarivari Garuvu in Poduru village causing inundation of 350 acres of paddy seedbeds. The Nakkala Canal was in spate from Miniminchilipadu, Gummuluru, Vaddiparru, Ravipadu villages and overflowing in these villages causing inundation of agricultural fields nearby.
The water-hyacinth, a wild creeper, inhibited free flow of water in the Nakkala stream, causing overflow into the paddy fields. The Baggeswaram canal also filled with the rainwater and ready to touch the bunds of the canal. Due to the overflow of this Canal, the paddy fields in Kavitam, P Polavaram, Kommu Chikkala villages inundated. In Poduru mandal, paddy nurseries in 1,518 hectares and paddy crop in 1,157 hectares inundated in the water, agriculture officials said here on Sunday.
The 10-hour downpour in this area on Saturday inundated all the low-lying areas and the paddy fields looked like a sheet of water, putting the farmers in lurch. The main major drains of Nakkala, Kaja are flowing touching the drain bunds causing concern to the farmers. The paddy farmers said that if the water did not recede within two days, their paddy crop would get damaged. The farmers said that all the drains filled with water-hyacinth and now it is not possible to weed out these plants.
At the same time, in the upland areas of Chintalapudi, Lingapalem, Tallapudi, Chagallu and other areas, farmers expressed happiness at the incessant rains as they helped the farmer to plant the seed-beds for Kharif season. The agriculture officials are visiting the rain-hit villages and to assess the loss of paddy crop due to heavy rains. Meanwhile, Palacole MLA Nimmala Ramanayudu visited the paddy fields which were inundated in Palacole rural Panchayati village. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said that the officials should have concentrated on the weeding out of the water-hyacinth for the free flow of drains, canal water before the rainy season.
The MLA directed officials to take the necessary steps to lift the water from the farm fields to save crops. District Cumulative Actual Rainfall recorded between June 1, 2019 and July 27, 2019 is 211.7 mm as against the Normal Cumulative Rainfall of 338.1 mm. The highest rainfall 100 mm recorded at Achanta, 98.6 mm recorded at Poduru, 68.4 mm recorded at Palacoderu and 49.6 at Nidamarru in the district.(UNI)