Always farmers suffer from taxes, rains, natural troubles and politics in Andhra Pradesh. Till date, no solution find by any government. Present, ruling Jagan government promised several schemes to farmers but the basic problem is not addressed yet.
Kharif crops, particularly paddy, maize, cotton, pulses, millets, and other horticultural crops, have suffered serious damage in numerous coastal Andhra Pradesh locations as well as in a few locations in the Rayalaseema region. In actuality, this is neither the first time this year nor the first season that it has experienced nature’s vengeance. The State has seen severe damage to the road infrastructure in addition to four to five days of torrential rain, gales, and winds that have disrupted daily life.
The standing crops had significant damage, and it is still unknown how much money has been lost. Farmers in the districts of Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Anakapalle, Parvathipuram Manyam, Visakhapatnam, and Alluri Sitarama Raju in north-coastal Andhra Pradesh have given up on expecting a significant crop due to the region’s heavy rains and stagnant water in farm fields. Similar hardships have been experienced by people from Krishna, Guntur, Yanam, and Rayalaseema. Additionally, due to the building of yet another storm, residents of the south coastal regions have already been forewarned of significant to very high rainfall this month-end. Vegetable fields have also sustained significant damage, driving increasing the cost of veggies.
The administration seems pleased to announce ex-gratia to farmers and the disbursement of funds for the Rythu Bharosa scheme. Either the government overestimates its assistance or it underestimates the suffering of farmers. Due to climate change and the resulting rains and cyclones, crop loss is becoming a common occurrence throughout the State. Financial assistance or compensation cannot solve all of the issues facing agricultural households.
In addition, the financial impact also cascades down to other sections of the society. In fact, the problem is felt nationwide and both the Centre and the States should evolve a plan to tackle climate change at once. Heavy rains are only one aspect of climate change and the other is the heat wave conditions due to increased temperature. Climate change is perceptible through a rise in all India mean temperature and increased frequency of extreme rainfall events in the last three decades. This causes fluctuation in production of major crops in different years.
The impact of climate change on Indian agriculture was studied under National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA). Rainfed rice yields in India are projected to reduce marginally (<2.5%) in 2050 and 2080 and irrigated rice yields by 7% in 2050 and 10% in 2080 scenarios. Further, wheat yield is projected to reduce by 6-25% in 2100 and maize yields by 18-23%. Future climates are likely to benefit chickpea with increase in productivity (23-54%).
Indian Council of Agricultural Research assesses how vulnerable Indian agriculture is to climate change (ICAR). This evaluation covered 573 rural Indian districts (excluding the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep). According to the vulnerability research, 109 of the 573 rural districts—or 19% of the total—are classified as “extremely high-risk” districts, while 201 are risk districts. State-specific plans must also exist. Has AP got one? #KhabarLive #hydnews #hydlive