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India: growers lose crops due to heavy rainfall

Heavy rainfall during November has come as a shock to farmers of Dharwad district, where 96,583 hectares of agricultural crops and 8,759 hectares of horticultural crops were affected.

Floriculturists in Uppin Betageri, Mangalgatti, and Kurubgatti have suffered heavy losses. Marigold flowers which used to fetch Rs. 250 per kg have been heavily damaged, and a majority of farmers in these villages who opted for flower cultivation have incurred losses. 

Nearly 7,000 hectares of red chili grown in Kundgol and Hubballi taluks, 40% of which have been damaged. 8,759 hectares of horticultural crops, including onion, flowers, tomato, and various other vegetables have been damaged.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, Nitesh Patil, visited some of the fields in Kundgol, Dharwad, and Hubballi taluks to see this harsh reality.

He said that a joint survey by officials of revenue, agriculture, and horticulture departments has been initiated to assess the crop damage. While rain has subsided, it has left behind a trail of destruction, and a report on crop and property damage will be submitted to the government immediately, he said.

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