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Gujarat farmers suffer post floods


Meghdoot Sharon,CNN-IBN
Sep 01, 2006 at 10:48am IST

Sathal (Gujrat): Now, it’s the post-flood woes for many. With threats like poverty and drought lurking, it’s the start of a nightmare for many farmers.

Anubhai Chavda of Sathal village of Dholka taluka in Ahmedabad district had sown cotton and paddy over 80 acres of land.

As flood waters receded, Chavda found his fields covered with layers of sand, three feet deep and all his crops destroyed. Chavda is just one of the many farmers facing such problems.

"I had sown cotton over 40 acres and paddy over 40 acres, everything is gone," Anubhai Chavda said.

"The minister had promised in 1993, that embankments will be built, but nothing has been done. It will take 10 years to get back this soil," said another farmer Gambhirsingh Sisodia.

The cotton and paddy crop are the ones that were worst hit and the estimated loss is a staggering Rs 4000 crore.

The Centre has sent a team to assess the overall damage in Gujrat.

"Cotton and paddy have been the worst hit. We have to see what can be done about the layer of sand that has covered huge amount of agriculture land. A central government team too is here," Ahmedabad Collector D Thara said.

The state government is still surveying the exact amount of damage, but admits that the damage is huge

"The damage is indeed huge although we cannot give a number to it right now. Sand has covered the fields, the paddy crop is washed out and farmers don't know where their fields were," said the Gujrat agriculture minister, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

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