Acreage of paddy reduced to half with 80 per cent area under rain-fed crops
Sangareddy: With the rainfall in Medak district falling below the expected 557.8 mm the prospects of a successful kharif have become bleak. While the rainfall during last year kharif stood at 428.4 mm, the district so far received only 288.5mm rainfall this year. As a result the acreage of paddy has been reduced to half and only 80 per cent of normal area has been covered under other rain fed crops. Crops like maize, cotton, sugarcane, pulses like green gram, black gram and red gram that require comparatively less water would survive to save the farmer.
Paddy worst hit
According to the Joint Director of agriculture Loka Reddy, sowing of paddy took place in only 28,165 hectares out of 59,165 hectares of regular paddy area in the district. He said that transplantation of paddy from nursery took place in 15000 hectares under Nallavagu and Ghanpur anicut areas that have assured water supply.
Depleting ground water
However those areas that depend on bore wells and deep wells were the worst hit with depleting ground water. In areas like Narsapur and Sangareddy mandals farmers have begun late transplantation of paddy with the help of bore wells.
However the farmers who prefer to continue with the paddy at this stage might have to face the problem of early winter.
In the Telangana region the winter sets in early by the beginning of October thereby affecting the flowering stage which could result in sterility.
Acute pest attack
In addition to the problem of depleting ground water farmers might have to face acute pest attack this year. The agricultural department has already noticed sucking pest attack on both regular and Bt cotton in the district. Farmers who chose cotton looking at the low rainfall have actually doubled the sowing area taking it to 26,000 hectares this kharif.
The department has advised the farmers to go for stem application of Monocrotophos in the ratio of 1:4 on three intervals of 20, 40 and 60 days to save the cash crop.