After visiting seven districts of the State in two days to assess the severity of monsoon failure in Jharkhand this year, the Inter Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) concluded that situation of kharif crop was definitely alarming.
“We have requested some more information from Jharkhand Government as supplementary proposal for the drought before filing a recommendation report. It should not take much time. But our concerns are not just confined to the requested funds worth Rs 1,140 crore, but to make Jharkhand drought-proof in future,” stated Jalaj Srivastava, Additional Secretary of Union Agriculture Department, who is also leading IMCT on this visit.
As the three teams examined the situation firsthand in Ranchi, Palamu, Chaibasa, Lohardaga, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh and Saraikela, IMCT found that crop production across the State has been dismal. A team also visited Ormanjhi and Kanke in Ranchi on Sunday, taking note of rainfall in the blocks during monsoon, crop production and arrangements made by the Government in preparedness for crop failure.
“The situation is same across the State. Fields have yielded 40 to 60 per cent of their actual capacity, with figures going as low as five per cent. This came to pass as farmers, expecting a bumper produce this year following signs of good monsoon initially, invested all they had in paddy. Even the seeds in stock were sowed, but the result was dreary as precipitation was not as per expectations,” said Srivastava.