The district received an average rainfall of 102.9 mm as on date while the normal rainfall for June is 98 mm, said the district officials.

With the district receiving more then average rainfall, farmers are busy in agriculture works during the ongoing kharif season in Krishna district. Farmers started raising paddy, sugarcane, cotton, groundnut and other crops after the first spell of rain.

The district received an average rainfall of 102.9 mm as on date while the normal rainfall for June is 98 mm, said the district officials. The total irrigated area during kharif was about 2.80 lakh hectares in the district and officials were maintaining sufficient quantity of seed, pesticides and fertilizer stocks, said Joint Director (Agriculture) K.S.V. Prasad.

“About 5 lakh farmers will raise paddy in 2.70 lakh hectares, cotton in 55,000 hectares, sugarcane 16,000 hcts, pulses 15,000 hcts, chilly 10,000 hcts, maize and groundnut in about 5,000 hectares each during kharif season in the district”, said the JD. Mr. Prasad said that paddy will be the main crop and farmers will raise BPT-5204 and MTU-1061 varieties in maximum area.

Paddy was being raised in Vijayawada Rural mandal, Pamarru, Gudlavalleru, Movva, Challapalli, Ghantasala, Gudivada, Pedda Parupudi, Kankipadu and Thotlavalluru mandals, he said. Assistant Statistical Officer (Agriculture Department) SK. Mohiuddin said that maximum rainfall was recorded in Tiruvuru, Gampalagudem, Mylavaram, Veerlapadu and other upland mandals. While scanty rainfall occurred in Nandigama, Kanchikacherla and Ibrahimpatnam mandals in the district. Farmers started agriculture works after the first spell of rains, and sowed paddy nurseries in about 700 hectares, sugar cane in 15,000 hcts, cotton in 4,000 hcts. and groundnut in about 2,000 hectares till date. Farmers will also raise green gram, red and black gram along with paddy and other crops, said the ASO.

Meanwhile, the Revenue and Agriculture departments’ officials are arranging awareness meetings on utilisation of all varieties of cotton seed and were distributing seed to the farmers in the district.

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