What has rattled farmers is that the dropping is to the tune of 30-50 per cent
At a time when paddy farmers are making arrangements for crop cutting, the onset of grain dropping is posing them a fresh challenge in many parts of East Godavari district. What has rattled farmers is that the dropping is to the tune of 30-50 per cent.
Farmers who had sown MTU-1010 variety – popularly known as ‘Cotton Dora Sannalu' in the local parlance – spotted grain dropping, whereas there is no such complaint from their counterparts who opted for other varieties.
This unforeseen development may have an adverse impact on the total yield being expected from the rabi season, as 65 per cent of the paddy farmers had sown ‘Cotton Dora Sannalu' in the district. As per the records of the Agriculture Department, paddy has been transplanted in 1.34 lakh hectares in which MTU-1010 has been sown in 85,000 hectares. The official estimates are indicating a total yield of 10 lakh tonnes, whereas the situation on the ground is totally different.
“I have never seen such a scenario in my 30 years of farming experience. There will be a drop of 50 per cent in the yield this season,” says Yalla Brahmanandam, a farmer from Bendamurlanka village.
“I feel this has happened because of the crop holiday we observed during the kharif season. But, the complaint remained the same from all those who had sown Cotton Dora Sannalu,” says Nalla Satyanarayana Murthy of Nadipudi near Amalapuram. As a result, many farmers like Mr. Murthy are in two minds over crop cutting.
“Early transplantation and water-logging seem to be reasons for the grain dropping. We have advised farmers to drain their fields and commence crop cutting on a war-footing,” says Padmasri, technical officer of the Agriculture Department.