Sowing has been completed on 84,020 ha; target is 5.71 lakh ha

Sowing has been revived in the district following incessant rainfall in the last two days.

As per the latest details available with the Agriculture Department, it has been completed on 84,020 hectares of the target of 5.71 lakh hectares.

Sources in the Agriculture Department told The Hindu here on Tuesday that except for Chittapur, which had, so far, recorded only 46 per cent rainfall of the normal rainfall during June, the other six taluks had received fairly good rainfall.

The six taluks recorded more than 75 per cent rainfall and in three taluks, it was more than 100 per cent of the normal rainfall in June.

The district recorded an average rainfall of 103.80 mm till June 25 as against the normal rainfall of 122 mm.

Taluk-wise

Sedam recorded the highest rainfall of 125.2 mm against the normal rainfall of 113 mm, Chincholi recorded 155.6 mm (normal rainfall of 148 mm) Jewargi 124.9 mm (125 mm), Gulbarga 96.3 mm (116 mm), Aland 80.2 mm (100 mm), Afzalpur 73.80 mm (99 mm), and Chittapur recorded 70.6 mm against the normal rainfall of 153 mm.

Frantic sowing

Farmers have taken up frantic sowing of short-duration cash crops green gram and black gram as they have little time left. They have completed sowing of green gram on 10,391 hectares against the target of 30,000 hectares.

Sowing of black gram has been completed on 11,724 hectares against the target of 40,000 hectares.

Sources said that farmers have completed sowing of red gram, the mainstay in the district, on 48,263 hectares of the target of 3.65 lakh hectares.

They have time till the first week of August to complete sowing of red gram.

Agriculture Department officials are baffled as farmers have exceeded the target for soya bean cultivation by several folds. Against the target of 700 hectares, sowing has been completed on 5,598 hectares.

This figure is likely to increase owing to continued sowing of soya bean in many parts of the district.