Rain damages 14,000-acre of red chilli crops

WAZEDU (Telangana): Unseasonal heavy rains lashing Wazedu in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana on Saturday, damaged 14,000 acres of red chilli crops. Apart from red chilli, maize and mangoes too were wrecked by the rain.

Farmers of Venkatapuram and Wazedu mandals suffered a loss of ₹3 crore. The Bhadrachalam zone in the Godavari belt is known for its red chilli varieties, which are exported to China and Europe markets. Farmers said the red chillies have lost their colour and it will be difficult to sell them in markets or export it.

Farmers appealed to agricultural authorities to survey affected areas and make an estimate of damage. “We were not expecting rain and it has incurred huge losses,” said V Satyam, a farmer from Wazedu, adding that despite many calls to Mulugu district agricultural officer, no one has visited the areas. Owing to damages, raw mangoes were sold at low prices. 40% of maize crops were damaged in Wazedu.

Source: Times of India

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