Bihar: Centre urged to analyse scenario that resembles a drought

BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav raised the issue of drought-like conditions in the state . Yadav urged the state to immediately send a high-level team to assess the effect of irregular and sluggish rainfall on farmers .

PATNA: BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav raised the issue of drought-like conditions in the state on Friday and urged the state to immediately send a high-level team to assess the effect of irregular and sluggish rainfall on farmers.Yadav, who raised the issue at the zero hour, also urged the Centre to take immediate action to provide relief and support to farmers as well as cattle as a result of fodder shortages.Yadav said the state received only 287.2mm rain during the year, compared to the usual 485.4mm rainfall recorded between June 1 and July 29, bringing the total rainfall to 42 percent below normal.According to him, 91% of paddy cultivators are facing a drastic crisis.

However, Yadav said that even that is being put on hold due to a depletion of the underground water sources.Since the underground water level has decreased, irrigation with electricity supplied from the agriculture feeder or with diesel pumping sets is also not being carried out.According to Yadav, the state government has provided farmers with a diesel subsidy, as well as Rs 200 crore to help with alternative cropping in drought-like conditions.Due to less water in the reservoirs of Rihand dam in Uttar Pradesh and Vansagar dam in Madhya Pradesh, which feed the Sone canal system, the Sone canal system does not have enough water, he said.

The districts in the state are Patna, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Buxar, and Rohtas, which is also known as the rice bowl.In the meantime, the desire for more rain has dissipated, with the 38 districts of the state expected to get only light rain until August 7.On the other hand, the rainfall forecast in the catchment areas of north Bihar rivers such as Gandak, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati, and Kosi in Nepal is also light to moderate in the range of 2.78mm to about 8.50mm.The flood risk has also been reduced, as the water discharge through the Valmikinagar barrage across Gandak was 1.94 lakh cusecs on Friday evening, and through the Birpur barrage across Kosi was 1.76 lakh cusecs.