Staff Reporter

Kanna directs officials to draft proposals

Collector apprises Minister of rainfall pattern

Cotton cultivation likely to be hit, says Minister

GUNTUR: Minister for Major Industries Kanna Lakshminarayana has directed district officials to draft proposals and a plan of action in tune with the demand for inclusion of the district among the drought-hit districts in the State.

Review meeting

The Minister, who conducted a review meeting with various department officials, told mediapersons that he would make a case for declaring the district drought-hit in his meeting with Chief Minister on Monday.

Deficit rainfall

District Collector B. Ramajaneyulu apprised the Minister of the rainfall pattern and crop cultivation taken up during the months of June and July.

The Collector said that the district received a deficit rainfall of about 75 per cent when compared to normal rainfall in June and July.

The district recorded a rainfall of just 33.6 mm as against the normal rainfall of 142 mm in July.

Alternative crops

Of all the crops, cultivation of cotton would be severely hit, the Minister pointed out while stating that the agricultural officials suggested cultivation of alternative crops such as Bengal gram, red gram and other pulses. Of the 1.55 lakh hectares normally covered, sowing began only in 5,793 hectares this season. There was a marginal impact on the cultivation of paddy though farmers in delta had already started raising nurseries. The conditions might not affect cultivation of chilli as farmers usually start off at the end of August, he said. Water was released into Krishna Western Delta on July 10, while the release of water from the Nagarjuna Sagar Project was delayed.

Sowing operations in kharif commenced in 36,791 hectares, as against the normal area of 5.83 lakh hectares.