Gusty winds that accompanied the short spell of summer rain on Wednesday felled the standing banana crops -many of them bearing fruits, ready for the harvest- in hundreds of acres in Tiruchi and Karur districts on Wednesday evening.
The rainfall though not heavy was accompanied by strong winds that destroyed the crops in several villages near Kulithalai in Karur district and in villages in Andhanallur, Musiri and Lalgudi areas in neighbouring Tiruchi district. Banana crop in a few parts of Perambalur, mainly in and around Kurumbalur, were also reported to have been damaged.
While farmers estimate that banana in several hundred acres were destroyed causing heavy losses to the farmers, Tiruchi MP Su.Thirunavukkarasar called upon the district administration to take up a survey of the damage for compensation for the affected farmers.
“Crops on hundreds of acres have been destroyed in Tiruchi and Karur districts. Apart from fruit bearing trees which were ready for harvest, young crop at flowering stage have also been damaged in some places,” said Ayilai Siva.Suriyan, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, affiliated to the Communist Party of India.
According to him, banana crop in villages such as Kadiyakurichi, Jeeyapuram, Thiruchendurai, Kodiyalam, Pulivalam, Thiruparaithurai, Sirugamani, Perugamani, Pettabvaithalai in Andhanallur union in Tiruchi district and Nangavaram, Poyyamani, Inungur, Nachalur, Maruhur and other villages in Kulithalai taluk in Karur district have been damaged.