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Cyclone Nivar: AP’s tobacco farmers seek PM’s intervention to recoup losses

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 02, 2020

Freshly sown samplings on 24,000 acres in Prakasam and Guntur districts damaged

Tobacco farmers have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come out with a package to compensate for the losses they suffered in the recent cyclone. Tobacco farmers are among the worst hit as the cyclone Nivar wreaked havoc in Andhra Pradesh, causing damage to crops on over 12 lakh acres along the coastal districts.

Nearly two-thirds of the 86,000 acres of tobacco plantation has been hit by the incessant rains. “Crops onn about 55,000 acres was impacted by the rains and five million kilograms (mkg) of tobacco in curing was exposed to rotting, resulting in deterioration of quality,” Murali Babu, General Secretary, Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), has said.

The FAIFA representatives have submitted a memorandum to Tobacco Board Chairman Y Raghunadha Babu, seeking immediate intervention by the Ministry of Commerce to address their issues.

“The cyclone caused extensive damage to paddy, FCV (flue-cured Virginia) tobacco, chillies, bengal gram, cotton and horticultural crops along the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. This will force the farmers to go for sowing again in vast stretches,” he said.

He said Nivar damaged paddy on 8 lakh acres, blackgram on one lakh acres, cotton on 50,000 acres and horticultural crops on 55,000 acres.

Damage to tobacco cropping

“Tobacco is among the worst hit crops. Freshly sown samplings were completely damaged in about 24,000 acres in Prakasam and Guntur districts due to water logging. The assessment of damage to the leaf and and infrastructure is still in progress,” he said.

“In the northern light soil regions of FCV tobacco crop, considerable delay is expected for rest of the plantation as the incessant rains have flooded the fields a few weeks after completion of sowing operations,” he said.

“To recoup the losses, the farmers have no other option but to go for fresh plantation, which will involve additional expenses,” Yashwanth Chidipothu, national spokesperson of FAIFA, said.

Published on December 02, 2020

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