Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Aug 10: Continuous dry spell in the peak of monsoon in the Marathwada region is likely to damage standing Kharif crop besides affecting production of cotton, moong, urad and soybeans in the region.
As more than half of the monsoons are over, the rains now will not help the Kharif crop, a report said on Friday. Once again, the Marathwada region may face drought-like situation if the present situation continues.
Due to the scanty rainfall, most of the water resources including major, minor, medium and KT Weirs not filled up and only near around 22 per cent combine live water stock remains.
According to the rainfall statics of eight districts of the region, it has the maximum annul expected rainfall of 779 mm as per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and so far an average of 295 mm rainfall was recorded in the region which is 77 per cent of expected rainfall and 38 per cent of annual rainfall during the past 70 peak days in which almost one month period was observed as total dry.
Aurangabad, Jalna and Beed districts are the most affected districts in the region as most of the period of monsoon was observed as dry.
In Aurangabad district rural areas, drinking water situation is worst with more than 300 water tankers still providing to equal villages drinking water.
At the initial stage, moderate rainfall was recorded in the region and most of the farmers in the region have completed sowing operation around 44 lakh hectors land out of 49 lakh hectors, including cotton, soybean moong, urad, groundnut, sunflower, bajra, maize and others.
However, due to the continues dry spell in the first week of July till today, all the standing crops are getting ruined with no chance to re-sowing.
Due to the scanty rainfall, shortage of fodder and water for cattle’s also prevailed in the region.
District wise rainfall from June 1 to till Friday are-- Hingoli district 448mm, Nanded district 435 mm, Latur district 339 mm, Parbhani 276 mm, Osmanabad 271 mm, Jalna 221 mm and Aurangabad 175 mm.
Notably, various reasons, including infertility due to drought, mounting debts and low cost of farm products have led to more than 450 distressed committing suicides in the region since January 1, the report added. (UNI)