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Farmers busy preparing fields for sowing

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Target set for sowing on 4,20,195 hectares; it has been completed on 1,20,099 ha

Farmers in Mysore are hopeful of a good monsoon this year and a bumper harvest.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
Farmers in Mysore are hopeful of a good monsoon this year and a bumper harvest.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Agricultural activities are picking up pace in Mysore district and farmers are gearing up to welcome the monsoon, which is expected to hit the region early next month.

In the wake of two consecutive droughts, farm production has not been very encouraging in the district and farmers suffered crop loss worth crores of rupees.

Targets have been set for kharif sowing of different crops on 4,20,195 hectares, including 1,18,235 ha of irrigated land and 3,01,969 ha of rain-fed land in the district.

Targets

A total of 5,71,869 tonnes of foodgrains will be cultivated on 2,61,300 ha, 12,462 tonnes of oilseeds on 18,850 ha; 1,78,750 bales of cotton on 46,750 ha, and 12.64 lakh tonnes of sugarcane on 12,385 ha.

Farmers are preparing their fields for full-fledged sowing and are collecting seeds and fertilizer in their respective areas. Cow dung, a natural manure, is being used to improve soil fertility.

According to the Agriculture Department, sowing has been completed on 1,20,099 ha following pre-monsoon showers. Of this sown area, 1,17,058 ha is rain-fed land and 3,041 hectares irrigated. So far, cereals, pulses, toor dal, oilseeds and cotton have been sown.

Tobacco was being cultivated on 27,915 ha. The target was to cultivate 91,312 tonnes of tobacco on 80,910 ha, a release said here.

Rainfall

The district has received 117.8 mm rainfall between January and May 10, with the average rainfall being 159.8 mm.

The district has received 36.3 mm against the average rainfall of 81.1 mm in May. The pre-monsoon rainfall has been below average.

Fertilizer, seeds

The department would distribute 96,300 tonnes of fertilizer during the kharif season.

As much as 20,393 tonnes of fertilizer was stored by April-end. A total of 30,421 quintals of seeds would be distributed at a subsidised rate during the year, the release stated.

As much as 2,220 quintals of certified seeds for hybrid jowar and pulses had been distributed for sowing and 1,193 quintals of seeds had also been distributed through raitha samparka kendras.

“In case of good rainfall, we will achieve the targets for sowing and production,” said K.R. Krishnaiah, Joint Director of Agriculture.

Paddy, ragi, maize, horse gram, toor dal, green gram, groundnut, sunflower, sesamum and sugarcane are among the major crops cultivated in the district.


  • The district has received 36.3 mm against the average rainfall of 81.1 mm in May

  • Agriculture Department will distribute 96,300 tonnes of fertilizer during kharif season


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