Maharashtra: Heavy rain damages sugarcane crop

Pune: Incessant rain over the past few days has caused damage to around 1.10 lakh hectares of sugarcane and other crops across Maharashtra as per the initial estimates by the State Agriculture Department.

According to the news report published in, the officials said that along with sugarcane crops, paddy, maize, cotton and soybean were also damaged due to the heavy rainfall. The figures may increase further as some parts of the state are yet to report the damage of crops.

Sugarcane growing districts in the state including Kolhapur, Sangli and parts of Satara received heavy rainfall in the past few days. The region also called the sugar bowl of Maharashtra witnessed heavy destruction of the sugarcane crops.

The initial estimates indicate that the 35,000 hectares of the cropped area, most of which is under sugarcane cultivation, was damaged in the Kolhapur district. Around 4,500 hectares of area in Sangli and 5,000 hectares in Pune have been impacted severely.

The media report says that Konkan is also worst affected as the region has seen maximum losses in rice fields with most farm land being under water due to the rainfall.

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