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Hopeful: A farmer in Kolar district ploughing his land for sowing.
Hopeful: A farmer in Kolar district ploughing his land for sowing.

Vishwa Kundapura

Rain brings back smile on faces of farmers as threat of drought recedes for now

The district is facing shortage of fertilizers

Each farmer to get only two bags of fertilizers

KOLAR: The fear of drought hovering over Kolar and Chickballapur districts has receded temporarily. The smile is back on the faces of farmers of both the districts. Agricultural activities gained momentum in the region, though amid shortage of fertilzers, following rain in the last few days.

Though the rain was not copious compared with previous years, it has raised hopes among the farming community prompting them to engage in brisk ploughing and sowing activities.

Kolar district has received 310 mm of rainfall so far as against the average of 273 mm. Last year, the district received 328 mm of rain during the same period.

Except Mulbagal and Malur, remaining three taluks of Kolar, Bangarpet and Srinivaspur received more than average rainfall.

The farming community is now a relieved lot.

The land prepared a month ago when little rain was showered is being sown now and remaining unprepared land is being furrowed now for sowing.

Seeds of ragi, groundnut, paddy and tur are being sown in the district.

It is targeted to grow various crops in about 95,465 hectares of land. Of it the area earmarked for ragi is 63,000 hectares of land. Groundnut is being grown in 13,200 hectare area and paddy is being cultivated in 3,300 hectares.

Growing demand

Since the agriculture activities are going on a brisk pace, the demand for fertilizers as well as seeds is growing steadily. While there was no dearth for seeds, the region is facing shortage of fertilizers as elsewhere in the State.

According to H. Subbaiah, Joint Director of Agriculture Department, required quantity of seeds were stocked with the Department and Farmers’ Contact Centres (FCC).

Only two bags of fertilizers are being provided to each farmer owing to shortage in the supply. The requirement of manure for the district up to July end has been estimated at 4,146 tonnes. Among it, only 10 tonnes of DAP and 1,370 tonnes of complex fertilizer has arrived so far, sources said. Besides this, 600 tonnes of complex from Koramandal company, which is in addition to the target fixed by the Government, is expected to arrive within a week, it is learnt.

The IFFCO is also scheduled to supply 400 tonnes of complex fertilizer (10:26:26). The present availability of Urea in the district is 2000 tonnes while MOP is 420 tonnes.

The fertilizer already received has been provided to Narsapur, Vakkaleri, Vemgal, Holur, Sugtur hoblis and the Taluk Agriculture Produce Cooperative Marketing Societies for distribution among farmers, says Bhavyarani, Assistant Director of Agriculture Department.

Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha district secretary P.R. Suryanarayana has urged the Government to make necessary arrangements to meet the demand for fertilizers.

Even while there was jubilation among farmers over the present trend of rain, a note of caution was also visible among them about the uncertainty of the weather which may upset their calculations in future, a harsh reality for them since many years.

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