Kolkata, July 27: The situation aroused by flood in Bengal is not only causing death but also harming agriculture sector badly. According to local media reports, 20lakh people have been affected already. A large area of Birbhum, Hooghly, Burdwan, Medinipur districts are already under water. With the decline in the flood-like situation, the agricultural sector is facing increased loss.
Though recently the Agricultural Minister of the state Purnendu Basu told the situation is in under control but the price of vegetable is constantly increasing. Planting in paddy fields has become impossible. Several fields of vegetable are under water. In Kolkata markets, the price of eggplants, tomatoes, gourds, green chilies, bell pepper has increased by 15-20 rs per kg at a glance.
This is the season of planting Kharif crops. But the incessant rain is affecting this season badly across the state. Initial estimates by the agriculture department suggest that more than 2 lakh hectares of arable land have come under water. In last 48 hours more 50 thousands hectares land has come under water as per information from disaster management force of the state.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has denied accepting it a natural calamity. According to her, the flood-like situation in Bengal was "man-made". She blamed DVC for releasing water. "All those living in these areas, where water released by the DVC could pose a problem, should move to safe places. The local administration will help people rehabilitate," the chief minister said.