Odisha CM Asks DMs To Take Preventive Steps To Protect Crops From Predicted Unseasonal Rains

05 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the past bitter experience of massive pest attack and major crop damage and now in view of the further unseasonal rains forecast from December 7 to 10 in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday (December 5) held an urgent video conferencing with all the District Collectors to pace up adequate preventive measures to save further loss to the farmers.

He also instructed the Collectors to create elaborate awareness among the farmers. Besides, the CM asked the Collectors to take measures to protect crops at the Mandis and thresh yards for which the Regulated Marketing Committee (RMC) funds can be spent for the purpose.

Briefing media soon after the CM’s significant video conference, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “As per the IMD forecast, Odisha’s southern districts, coastal districts and northern districts are likely to experience rainfall within December 7-10. That’s why, hon’ble Chief Minister held a video conferencing with all the Collectors today. They were all directed to create widespread awareness and launch massive sensitisation drive.”

“The farmers will be requested to shift soon their harvested paddy from the fields to their homes. Besides, the Secretaries and other officials of RMC were ordered to protect the paddy stored in the Mandis (paddy procurement units). For this purpose, the funds available with them can be spent for covering the lying paddy with tarpaulin and polythene,” the SRC informed.

Similarly, IMD Bhubaneswar Director Sarat Chandra Sahoo has indicated that Indian Meteriological Department (IMD) has already issued advisory regarding likely rains in the State during 7th to 10th of December, 2017.

December 7-8: Rain/thundershower is likely to occur at many places over coastal Odisha and at a few places over interior Odisha with heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur.

December 9: Rainfall is likely at most places over Odisha. Heavy rainfall is likely at one or two places over coastal districts and adjoining of Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudh, Rayagada, Jajpur.

December 10: Rainfall is likely at most places over Odisha. Heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Angul.

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha