Amaravati: Thousands of acres of agriculture fields are flooded in Guntur and Prakasam districts due to the heavy rain.
With incessant rain for nearly 48 hours, water from streams and rivulets flowed into the fields in many areas by crossing channels.
Chilli and cotton fields in upland areas have been damaged. According to initial estimates, crops on about 50,000 acres were damaged in Guntur district and another 10,000 acres in Prakasam.
“We will enumerate crop losses after water recedes from the fields,” said Vijayabharathi, joint director (agriculture).
Horticulture crops including fruit and flower nurseries in Amaravati, Thullur and Tadepalle mandals were submerged. Vegetable gardens along the Krishna river bank too were damaged.
With heavy floods continuing in the Krishna river, the situation was yet to ease even on Wednesday. In Mangalagiri mandal, onion crops, too, were damaged.
Although officials say the paddy crop could survive if water drains out of the fields in the delta region, chances of cotton and chilli crops recovering from the damage are remote.
While cotton was cultivated on about five lakh acres, chilli was sowed on nearly four lakh acres in Sattenapalle, Gurazala, Pedakurapadu, Macherla, Prattipadu, Chilakaluripet, Vinukonda and Narasaraopet constituencies. Cotton and chilli farmers were expecting a high yield and bumper prices in the coming weeks due to anticipated demand in local and international markets.
“The floods caused massive losses as farmers were yet to recover from the after effects of the floods in September,” said Jasti Veeranjaneyulu of All India Panchayath Parishad. He said that along with cotton and chilli, crops such as black gram and green gram were also submerged.