The rains have relented in the country but the Madhya Pradesh is exception. Here the very heavy rains are still battering its western side. All the rivers are in high spate, bridges are submerged. All the dams are overflowing and all the gates opened. That is over flooding the rivers. The north western districts of Mandsaur, Ratlam, Neemuch, Ujjain and Shajapur are worst hit.
In Mandsaur district 100 villages were evacuated. In all our Madhya Pradesh the people from submerged areas were sent to relief camps. In Capital Bhopal the rains recorded so far stand at 166 centimeter 85 per cent above the average and on entire state the rains are 33 per cent in excess. In 21 districts rains exceeded 50 to 140 per cent. The biggest Gandhi Sagar Dam its all the 19 gates are opened. Due to excess rains the flood situation is very grim.
In the preliminary survey standing crops in the fields are ruined in 10 lakh hectares of the land. The kharif crops are assessed lost by 80 per cent and the area and percentage is likely to go up further. Obviously the famers stand ruined in the ongoing heavy and excess rains. The Madhya Pradesh known for its all the crops as bumper crops. This year will have ruined crops with megre yield. The main kharif crops are soyabean, til, paddy, pulses Aharhar, urad and Moong.
The Revenue Minister Mr.Govind Singh Rajput assured the farming community with the end of rain within few days the another full fledged survey of damages to the fields and crops will be assessed on actual basis. It is almost certain the area where the total loss will increase.
Due to very excess rains the large number of people have been sent to relief camps and state spending on high note.
With final assessment of crops damages the state will require huge money to pay compensation to farmers to meet the loss and carry on further agriculture works. It is assessed that the pulses crops on 60 lakh hectares of land are totally spoiled.
In the country the Madhya Pradesh is major contribution of oilseeds for edible oil and in pulses.
Madhya Pradesh is biggest producer of soyabean and known as soya state. This year with no soya bean or short supply the production of soyabean edible oil will decrease and the prices of soyabean edible oil and other edible oil will increase. The country is regularly importing 60 per cent of edible oil to meet our requirements. This year the import of oil will go up further.
In Pulses the country is importing 40 per cent of our requirement. The Madhya Pradesh is producing 40 per cent of pulses in the country’s production. This year the import of pulses will be much more and prices of oil and pulses will go up.
This year rains not only are heavy but also in light showers – that actually create ground water reserve. It is nature’s collection for other seasons.
The Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi in his Red Fort address on Independence Day has given another call for water conservation and banish use of plastic. For water conservation it is ideal time to preserve and conserve it. It is established fact the tube well are very harmful for underground water. It will be proper and opportunate time with the excess rains to preserve it by abolishing tube well and going back to conventional open wells and fit it with motor pumps for easy use.