Agriculture Department launches campaign for farmers at hoblis
Sowing for the kharif season is in full swing in the district and farmers are looking forward to a good harvest this year in the light of an optimistic monsoon forecast and the good rainfall since June 3.
Two consecutive drought years had badly hit the growers in the district and other parts of the State and many debt-ridden growers committed suicide.
This year, the India Meteorological Department has forecast a good monsoon, which has revived the hopes of farmers and the food production will also get a boost, according to Joint Director of Agriculture V.J. Patil.
He said that the department had launched a campaign at hobli centres where farmers were being informed about soil management, disease treatment and pest management, and proper use of fertilizer and chemicals. Scientists from Agriculture and Horticulture departments, University of Agriculture Sciences and Horticulture University were involved in the month-long campaign.
He said that foodgrains, oilseeds and commercial crops would be sown on 6,65,950 hectares. Cereals (rice, jowar, ragi, maize, bajra and minor millets) would be sown on 2,24,000 ha; pulses (toor, horse gram, black gram, green gram, and cowpea) on 48,450 ha; oilseeds (groundnut, sesame seeds, sunflower, castor, niger and soya bean) on 1,43,000 ha; and commercial crops (cotton, sugarcane-P, sugarcane-H); and tobacco on 2,50,500 ha.
Mr. Patil said the requirement of fertilizer was 1.7 lakh tonnes and a buffer stock of 25,550 tonnes was available with the Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation and 31,000 tonnes with the Prathamik Krushi Pattan Sahakari and private dealers/retailers.
Also, around 40,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes would be made available every month.