Kharif target set at 4,20,195 hectares in the district

Sowing has been completed in 1,96,485 hectares (ha) in Mysore district.

The Department of Agriculture has set a target of cultivating kharif crops in 4,20,195 ha in the district this year.

Sowing has been completed in 1,93,074 ha (64 per cent) in rain-fed areas where kharif cultivation is expected to be taken up in 3,01,960 ha of land, Joint Director of Agriculture, Mysore district, K.R. Krishnaiah, said in a release here on Thursday.

In irrigated areas, 1,18,235 ha is proposed to be covered and cultivation has been completed in 3,411 ha so far. Fields are being readied for sowing in areas that have received rain, he said. Tobacco cultivation has taken place in 67,296 ha and sugarcane in 254 ha.

The target for kharif cultivation in H.D. Kote taluk is 69,100 ha, of which 49,858 ha has been covered (72 per cent). The target for Hunsur taluk is 95,000 ha, of which 51,461 ha has been covered (38 per cent). The target for K.R. Nagar taluk is 11,095 ha and 57,700 ha has been covered so far (19 per cent). Out of a target of 34,500 ha for Mysore taluk, 12,093 ha (35 per cent) has been covered. Nanjangud taluk would have a total coverage of 70,200 ha, of which 38,951 ha has been covered (55 per cent).

In Periyapatna, of the target of 52,450 ha, 29,492 ha (56 per cent) has been covered. The target for T. Narsipur taluk is 41,245 ha, of which only 3,536 ha (9 per cent) has been covered so far.

Sowing of jowar, ragi, maize, groundnut, cotton and castor has been taken up.

Rainfall

Till May-end, except H.D. Kote taluk, the other six taluks received less than normal rainfall.

Against the normal rainfall of 235.5 mm, the district received 202.8 mm rainfall till June 10.

Seeds

The department hopes to distribute 30,421 quintals of certified seeds for sowing this kharif season. It has supplied 2,783 quintals of seeds of hybrid jowar and pulses. Of this, 1,709 quintals have been supplied through Raitha Samparka Kendras (RSK).

As far as distribution of fertilizer is concerned, the target for the season is 96,300 tonnes. The department has a stock of 46,523 tonnes of fertilizer supplied by the Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation and private companies.