Geyzing, Oct 14
The torrential rain of Saturday evening has damaged the standing crops in different parts of west Sikkim. Heavy rainfal has damaged especially the paddy fields in numbers of places in western region. It is paddy flowering season and rain during such season affects the crop’s productivity. It seems that the farmers hope of receiving healthy yield of paddy this year has been dashed to ground.
Paddy fields at Lingchom, Sardung Biribung, Lumjik and some other nearby places have been damaged by rain. The fertile Lingchom belt in West Sikkim is considered as suitable for paddy cultivation and paddy farming is been a mainstay of the people here. At some places paddy fields have been completely flattened by heavy rain. Some worried farmers expressed that if unexpected torrent downpour continues then paddy cultivation this year would be a complete failure as rainfall during crop flowering time impinges the crop’s production.
Agriculture has been means of livelihood for the farmers of Lingchom belt and suffering loss in the farming degrades the economic conditions of the farmers.
“Unseasonal rain comes as a curse for the farmers who are practicing paddy farming. Recovering the investment made on failed farming takes its toll on our day to day budget. I pray that rainfall will not wreck havoc again”, a farmer from Lumjik said.
Another disgruntled farmer said that unexpected rain would certainly affect the paddy production this year.
Apart from nature’s fury, the farmers have to bear the brunt of increasing wild animals as well. Guarding crops from Wild boar, monkey, deer and other animals has become a daily schedules for some of the farmers. The farmers have appealed the state government to look into the matter and do the needful.
Grumpy monkeys have been a major concern for us as they come in large group and damage crops especially during harvest season. It is tiresome job to ward off the monkeys from entering the paddy fields, a farmer said.