According to the West Bengal Agriculture Department, heavy rainfall that spread across three subdivisions in West Midnapore over a period of 10 days in August, has caused irreparable damage to growers who were already reeling under the impact of COVID-19.
According to the report, a total of 14,430 hectares of vegetables, flowers and paddy were submerged and the agricultural produce suffered an overall loss of Rs 1.38 billion (€16.6 mln).
Sources in the Agriculture Department said they had received the damage report from the district and it would be placed before the top brass of the government for taking a call in this regard.
The sources said the vegetable farmers could be the worst hit as a majority of them couldn’t insure their crops. “This is because insurance companies don’t show interest in providing insurance coverage for vegetables which are vulnerable to even mild weather change.”
A senior government official said: “Now, hundreds of farmers have to depend on the state government with a hope that they get some compensation from the state government for crop loss.”