Guntur: The Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) on Sunday called upon the Centre to announce a special relief package for farmers who suffered crop losses due to cyclone Nivar. The body said that the cyclone had affected livelihoods of millions of FCV tobacco farmers from Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts.
Addressing the media, FAIFA general secretary PS Murali Babu said the FCV farming community has faced losses of over Rs 6,000 crore due to drop in crop production — from 325 million kilos in 2014-15 to 210 million kilos in 2019-20. He said the situation of FCV farmers had worsened due to the pandemic.
“Just when the farmers were trying to recuperate from their heavy economic losses, heavy rains which took place immediately after plantation, shattered farmers’ confidence as they are now set to lose massive amounts,” Murali Babu said. He added that over 30,000 hectares had been planted in the traditional tobacco-growing region — Prakasam and Nellore — and 40% of the crop has been affected due to inundation.
FAIFA vice-president Gadde Seshagiri Rao said farmers in the northern light soil (NSL) region were also badly hit as incessant rains flooded their fields just weeks after completion of sowing.