Odisha: Low-Pressure Development Negates Rainfall Deficit, Brings Relief to Farmers

A low-pressure area, which developed over the Bay of Bengal on Thursday, has now brought widespread rainfall in most parts of Odisha over the last two days, with some areas receiving very heavy rainfall. As per the IMD forecast, the rainfall intensity would decrease from Saturday. “The rain would continue at many places till July 26,” said H R Biswas, director of regional IMD centre here.

The development of the low pressure has now come to aid the rainfall figures in Odisha, which were below normal. As per official sources, Birmaharajapur in Nabarangpur district recorded the highest of 202 mm rain in the last 24 hours. The rain has been welcomed by farmers, for whom it came as a measure of relief, providing a thrust to agricultural activity.

This year, Odisha had a subpar monsoon and thus could not reap the agricultural output as per earlier expectations. As per the meteorological department, the rain would support in transplantation of the Kharif paddy. The weatherman said widespread rain also influenced some improvement in the prevailing rain deficit trend in the state.

Arun Sahoo, who heads the agriculture portfolio of the state government, told the media that the government was keeping a close watch on the monsoon trends and would initiate necessary measures as and when required. He revealed that as per data available with them, at least twenty seven blocks across five districts were facing a rainfall deficit, which adversely affected their agrarian incomes. A senior officer, who belongs to the agriculture department, said that the state witnessed around three lakh hectare less paddy coverage this year by last week compared to around 12 lakh hectare area covered during the corresponding period last year.

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