Even after one month into the beginning of kharif season, sowing activity has not yet gained momentum following deficient rainfall.
There has been scanty rainfall this season, forcing farmers to leave more than 40% arable land as fallow.
Agriculture authorities proposed a total area of 4.89 lakh acres as against the normal of 4.32 lakh acres for sowing during this kharif. However, sowing has been taken up in only 2.55 lakh acres covering 59% of seeding as on date.
It was proposed to transplant paddy on 2.45 lakh acres against the normal of 2.02 lakh acres, but transplantation has been taken up only on 83,448 acres, covering a little over 41% of the proposed area.
There is a remarkable improvement in the sowing of maize, coarse grains and red gram as they were sown on 90% and 68% of the area respectively. Soyabean is another major crop after paddy in kharif in the district. However, there is a drastic fall in sowing with farmers becoming reluctant in light of the fact that last year crop fetched returns far less than what was expected.
Agriculture department proposed to advise farmers to plant the crop on 1.50 lakh acres as against the normal sowing area of 1.34 lakh acres. Farmers have brought one lakh acres under the plough. Turmeric, chief commercial crop in the district, was sown on 24,386 acres out of the normal area of 31,670 acres, achieving a target of 77%.
All other crops were sown in negligible area. Though the authorities say that there are a few more days left for taking up sowing of ID crops, farmers are of the opinion that after mid-July, there is no use of planting them. Slow moment in paddy transplantation is attributed to insufficient rainfall as well the non-release of water from reservoirs for ayacut farmers.
SRSP water level
Although water has almost touched the bottom level in SRSP with 9 tmcft as against the total capacity of 90 tmcft and 1 tmcft against 17 tmcft in Nizamsagar, farmers demand release at least for seedling transplantation.
Transplantation is going on a dull note even under Ramadugu, Gutpa and Alisagar reservoirs.
Release of water from Singur will boost the activity, but the government remains silent on the issue despite requests from all quarters, including political parties. Since June till date, the district has recorded just 210 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 280mm. Total normal rainfall of the year in the district is 1090 mm.