Kochi: The heavy rain that swept the Kerala last week
caused an estimated loss of Rs3.50 crores in the agriculture
sector in Ernakulam district alone. Major food and cash
crops, including banana, coconut, pepper, rubber, areca,
coffee, cashew, cocoa, betel, nutmeg and vegetables, suffered
heavy losses in the rain.
final figures are still being evaluated, as inputs from
only 15 of the 90 Krishi Bhavans in the district have
arrived so far, according to the principal agriculture
many as 2 lakh banana trees and 50,000 rubber trees are
estimated to have been damaged by the rain. More than
6,000 areca nut trees and over 1,000 coconut trees, both
yielding and non-yielding, were also damaged. About 6,600
standards (a unit of measure) of pepper were destroyed,
according to preliminary reports, amounting to an estimated
loss of around Rs9.99 lakhs.
about 39,000 hectares of tapioca cultivation, worth Rs1.95
lakhs, and 5.5 hectares of vegetable cultivation were
destroyed. Five hundred coffee plants, 40 cashewnut trees
and 120 cents of betel vine cultivation also suffered
cultivation, which enjoys a prime position in the district,
was hit with the destruction of about 3,200 trees, causing
a loss of over Rs1.80 lakhs.
no official reports have arrived from the paddy sector,
paddy crops, especially in the low-lying areas of the
extensive damage. So far Rs90.3 lakhs of drought- relief
funds have been distributed and more funds are awaited,
according to the agriculture department.