Thanks to copious rain during the northeast monsoon, farm activity is going on in full swing in Prakasam district.
Rabi crop sowing has so far been done in over 1.73 lakh hectares in the district where cultivation of crops overlaps with late kharif cropping season, according to Agriculture Joint Director S. Dorasani.
Transplantation of paddy seedlings had picked up pace in Singarayakonda division, including Ulavapadu and Gudluru and also in the Kothapatnam area, she said while talking to The Hindu .
“Paddy transplantation has so far been completed in over 45,549 hectares,” she explained, adding that “with the favourable monsoon condition, the total cropped area is likely to touch 3.22 lakh hectares during Rabi.”
Paddy crops grown during the late kharif season in 44,103 hectares were now in grain formation stage, she said. While farmers in Darsi area preferred growing the superior BPT 15204, the farmers went for MTU1010, NLR145 and NLR 34449 in the areas close to Potti Sriramulu Nellore district and also in Chirala.
Other major crops being sown by farmers included Bengal gram (33,000 hectares) and tobacco (70,000 hectares), she added.
Farmers lost paddy crops in over 14,000 hectares due to torrential rains in October, she added.