'No reason to fear below normal rainfall prediction'
Kolkata: With prediction of "below normal" rainfall in East and North-East India by the Met department, the state Agriculture department is ready to tackle any situation, with all sorts of preparation in place to ensure that farmers do not face any loss.
Stating that there is no reason to panic, the state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee said: "There is all sort of preparation in place to face any situation. All steps will be taken to ensure that farmers do not face any trouble."
It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, the Met department had predicted that East and North-East India will be witnessing "below normal" rainfall this year, while it will remain normal in the rest of the country. Rainfall between 90 to 96 percent of the Long Period Average (LPA) is considered to be "below normal".
The state Agriculture department has already received the data in this connection and the matter has already being discussed among the officials. The Agriculture department is also expecting further assessment in this regard. They are taking all necessary steps without delay, to ensure that farmers do not face any problem.
It may be mentioned that good rainfall is expected by farmers during the season of Kharif crop.
The state Agriculture minister further maintained that despite the preparedness, he will be holding a preliminary discussion in this connection with the state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee and state Water Resources Investigation and Development minister Soumen Mahapatra.
"We will discuss the matter among us so that everything remains in place and farmers get enough water even if there is below normal rainfall," Banerjee said.
The Mamata Banerjee government has ensured a massive improvement in the infrastructure necessary for the agriculture sector. The advancement in technology has also ensured an increase in the yield.
At the same time, a large area of agricultural land has been brought under irrigation. Moreover, the department is taking all necessary steps for both South and North Bengal districts. The canals have also been cleared to ensure normal flow of water.