Cyclone, which made a landfall on the southern coast of Odisha on the evening of October 12 , affected nearly half a million ha farm land
Vegetable and fruit farmers of the state have incurred losses to the tune of Rs 107 crore due to tropical cyclone Phailin, as per the estimates of the state horticulture department.
The cyclone followed by heavy rain damaged vegetable crop sown on 28,109 hectare (ha) area, and fruit crop on 5,970 ha area, as per first hand report filed by the state horticulture department. The losses have been calculated at Rs 25,000 per ha for vegetable crops, Rs 50000 per ha for perennial fruits and Rs 75,000 for non-perennial fruits and the total loss could tocuh Rs 107.10 crore, the department said.
Key vegetables grown in the state are brinjals, potatoes and tomatoes. Among perennial fruit crops, the state cultivates mango, litchi, guava, oranges and non-perennial fruit crops of the state include banana, papaya and pineapple. The normal rainfall received during June to September from South-West monsoon is immensely suitable for growing vegetable crops in the state.
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