Prolonged drought hits seasonal crops, fruits production in Dhanusha

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Janakpurdham, May 18, 2016: Prolonged drought has caused an adverse impact on seasonal crops and fruits production in Dhanusha this year.

The district witnessed a significant fall in the production of seasonal crops and fruits this year compared to the past. The total loss caused by a shortage of rainfall on seasonal crops and fruits production is estimated to be around of Rs 2.67 billion.

According to the District Agricultural Development Office, the district witnessed a significant fall (around 55 percent) in mango production this year compared to last year. This year, only 31,794 metric tons of mangoes was produced from mango farming cultivated in 2,771 hectares of land. Adverse climate inflicted loss worth Rs 610 million in mango farming in the district, Office Project Officer Surendra Goit said. Besides, mango farming here suffered from various shorts of diseases too.

Likewise, litchi production too experienced a slide by 45 percent due to adverse climate such as prolonged shortage of rainfall and windstorm. Though the litchi plants grown in 350 hectares of land were estimated to yield 680 metric tons of fruits, the expectations fell short.

Similarly, the drought hit lentil production too as it went down by 62 percent (717.9 metric tons) compared to last year, causing the loss worth Rs 860 million.

The vegetable farming incurred the loss worth Rs 700 million as its production fell by 10 percent this year. Summer vegetable farming cultivated in 1,905 hectares of land was supposed to produce 23,204 metric ton of fruits, but the production was limited to 20,320 metric ton, agro experts said.


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