Kharif operation in coastal Orissa has gained momentum with incessant rains, which eluded the farmers last month.

The low pressure induced rains for the last three days have brought cheer to the farming community, particularly for those in the coastal districts, said Director of Agriculture Babaji Giri.

The agriculture operation was going on in full swing in these districts including Ganjam, he said.

However, some western Orissa districts like Sambalpur are still grappling with deficient rainfall, he said.

Now there is no problem for coastal districts of the state, said Mr. Giri, who was here to attend the review meeting on the kharif operation in 10 southern Orissa districts.

The agriculture officers of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangapur, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Malkanagiri attended in the meeting.

Despite an overall deficit of rainfall in the state so far, the Director of Agriculture said the situation was not too alarming and hoped target of kahrif output of 7.46 million tones of foodgrains for this season would be met. The target of kharif production is included 6.30 million tones of paddy.