Plight of farmers worsens amid lockdown as heavy rains lash Tripura

Plight of farmers worsens amid lockdown as heavy rains lash Tripura

Agency News

Ambassa(Tripura), May 27 : Incessant rains and high-velocity winds on Wednesday multiplied the woes of the people of the rural pockets in the northern Tripura district of Dhalai in the midst of COVID-19. Seasonal crops like bitter gourd, green chili, brinjal, bottle gourd were adversely affected. Moreover, the harvested paddy of Rabi season left yet in large tracts of fields outside barbed wire border fencing which the producers just started to harvest, after the BSF opened the gates for the same, is feared to have been damaged by the torrential rains.

As it is, due to limited market timings, the peasants have been forced to sell their produce at low prices and suffer losses. Though schemes like PMKISAN brought some sort of relief but it virtually failed to compensate the losses farmers incurred due to the prolonged lockdown. One of the farmers from Ambassa identified as Rabindra Datta remarked, "PMKISAN has given us some respite for us. But it has not been able to even out our losses completely."

In this situation, incessant rain increased the plight of the peasantry, he added. Another farmer from the bordering village of Mohanpur in Kamalpur subdivision Kutub Mia said, "PMKISAN had compensated the heavy losses inflicted by the coronavirus lockdown to some extent. After the BSF opened the border gates and we started harvesting crops,hoping that things will improve now. But, today's heavy rains damaged our crops. We really don't know how to overcome our losses anymore."

However, the District Agriculture office has assured us of help to compensate for the damage inflicted by the sudden rains. "The administration is already on a war against COVID-19. However, the Centre and the state governments have taken up some measure to redress the grievances of the farmers and the present problem would also be resolved," an official of the District Agriculture office said on the conditions of anonymity. Assistance from both the Centre and the State have been pouring throughout the lockdown period to help the peasantry to overcome the crisis, but heavy rainfall and squally winds seemed to mar the efforts. (UNI)