Staff Correspondent

Raichur: The district agriculture office, which expects a timely monsoon this year, has set a crop-sowing target of 2,99,800 hectares for this kharif season.

According to official sources, of the targeted area, 1,42,350 hectares will be covered by irrigation and 1,57,450 hectares will have to be rain-fed. Cereals will be covered in 1,34,700 hectares, pulses in 21,125 hectares, oilseeds in 1,21,450 hectares, and cotton in 22,400 hectares.

Among cereals, the department expects sowing of paddy in 70,600 hectares under the command areas of the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal (TLBC) and the Narayanapura Right Bank Canal (NRBC) of the Upper Krishna Project. Paddy will also be grown in dry land in the district, wherever lift irrigation facilities are available. But it will not be grown in rain-fed areas.

Jowar will be grown in 300 hectares, hybrid bajra in 62,000 hectares, and maize in 1,800 hectares.

Among pulses, red gram will cover 15,150 hectares, green gram in 5,000 hectares, black gram in 100 hectares and horse gram in 225 hectares.

Supply of seeds

Among oilseeds, groundnut will be grown in 15,000 hectares, sunflower in 1.01 lakh hectares, sesame in 3,475 hectares and castor in 1,900 hectares. The sources said the department had started supplying seeds and fertilizers to farmers. The Government has announced the supply of seeds at a subsidy to all eligible growers.