For about a decade, farmers have not experienced ‘luxury’ of things going their way
The monsoon has arrived on time and rainfall is more than adequate to spur agriculture operations. There aren’t many hitches in the purchase of different varieties of seeds in the market and a steady supply of fertilizer is expected in the coming weeks.
The smile on the faces of farmers says everything is going in their favour right from the beginning of the season, a condition experienced after a long gap.
Caught off guard
The quantum of rainfall received in the last 4 days has actually caught many a farmer in the district off guard. Going by past experience, they were lax in making preparations for kharif, which can cost them a delay of a few days.
For about a decade now, farmers have not experienced the ‘luxury’ of things going their way. Their problems used to begin even as kharif operations would get under way. “Supply of seeds, especially of Bt cotton and soyabean, was never constant in the last 10 years or so.
The struggle to purchase seeds seemed an inescapable part of our lives until this season,” recalls Pabba Venkati, a cotton farmer from Hashampur in Jainad mandal.
Rainfall during the months of June and July were erratic in the past and were interspersed with long dry spells which resulted in the loss of seeds.
“The current rainfall will ensure excellent germination and farmers will be spared the agony of purchasing additional quantity of seeds as a replacement for lost seeds,” Mr. Venkati asserts.
In July-August, the middle of the kharif season, farmers used to be a worried lot owing to weeds.
This is one aspect which they cannot do away with even this year as good rains aid the growth of unwanted plants also.
The last but most important aspect of agriculture which continuously dogged the farming community for the last few years is the price of the produce, be it cotton or any other crop.
Given the present scenario, farmers hope that the price of cotton, soya bean and food grains will either witness a hike during the course and/or the expected improved yields will take care of any loss on account of unremunerative prices.