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Hundreds of acres of bananas damaged in Tiruchy, Pudukai

Although the damage was lower compared to the storm in April, heavy rain and gales laid waste hundreds of  acres of harvest-ready bananas in Andhanallur, Musiri and Lalgudi on Sunday night.

Muruganantham, a farmer in Adhavathur village said, “I planted about 1,000 saplings (Nendran and Neipoovan). Usually, there would be two phases of summer gales. We saved the crop in the first phase. This time, we took bunches of Nendran variety as it was close to harvest stage, but poovan is still in flowering stage and is damaged.”

“We are already facing heavy loss due to Corona and the rain has added to our woes. We will be able to harvest only about 25% of our paddy now. My crops are submerged in water. It will take 1-2 days for the water to drain. During the time, crop at the bottom part will be unfit to harvest,” said Azhagarsami, a farmer in Sittanavasal.

“I spent Rs 40,000 on my 1.5 acres of land. I was expecting to sell it for Rs 50,000-55,000. A night’s rain has ruined my chances of profit. We also use the paddy for our personal use. But now everything is gone,” said Annadurai, a farmer in Sittanavasal.

 [ Rs100 = €1.20 ]


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