Despite more than half of Chhattisgarh’s tehsils declared as drought-hit, the state’s share of rice
to the Centre will remain unaffected in the kharif marketing season 2017-18.
Following scanty rainfall, 96 of the 149 tehsils in the leading rice-producing state have been declared as drought-hit. The paddy output is likely to be affected as against a target of producing 8.2 million tonnes (mt) of rice
in the current marketing season.
Based on the visual assessment of crop damage, the state government is expecting that the rice
output would be affected by about a million tonne this year. However, it would not affect the state’s contribution of rice
to the Centre.
Chhattisgarh will be the second largest contributor of rice
to the central pool for the kharif marketing season 2016-17. The rice
procurement for the season is still in progress. According to Food Corporation of India (FCI) data, Chhattisgarh’s share will be about 12 per cent in the rice
stock to the centre’s kitty.
data said that about 4.6 mt of rice
had been procured from Chhattisgarh as against the total procurement of 38.7 mt as on September 18. After Punjab, Chhattisgarh ranks second followed by Andhra Pradesh
and Odisha. FCI
procured about 11 mt of from Punjab.
“The state’s contribution of rice
to the central pool would not be affected due to drought,” Deputy Director of Agriculture
R K Chandravanshi said. The officials said the damage reported was based on the visual assessment that would be rectified once the state received good rainfall
in the coming days.
Chandravanshi said the damage to the crops, because of less rainfall, could still be managed as the state was expecting good rainfall