Many some farmers have started ploughing the land
With the district receiving reasonably good rainfall, there has been a flurry of agricultural activity across the district.
While most farmers, who lost two consecutive crops owing to scanty rainfall and the Cauvery crisis, have started ploughing their land, some have finished sowing.
The farmers who depend on rain for cultivation have started sowing ragi, jowar, maize, horsegram, cowpea, sunflower, groundnut, sesame, turmeric, green gram, black gram and other pulses. Those who have irrigational pumpsets are also taking up paddy and sugarcane cultivation.
With this, the demand for seeds is growing. Farmers need at least 35,000 quintals of paddy seeds.
K. Sangaiah, Deputy Director, Agriculture, told presspersons there was no dearth of seeds. “The department has stock of 34,000 quintals of paddy seeds.”
The total area under cultivation in the district is 2,48,825 hectares. While various canals irrigate 1.17 lakh ha, farmers depend on rain to take up agricultural activities on the rest.
Sugarcane is cultivated on 30,630 ha, paddy on 79,892 ha, ragi on 85,467 ha, and pulses and oilseeds on the rest.
KRS-dependent canals and the Hemavathi left bank canal supply water to around 48 per cent of the district. The rain over the last few days has come as a relief.
“Farmers had distanced themselves from taking up agricultural activities. The recent rain has brought much cheer among them and they have started cultivating their land,” Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader Haniyambadi Nagaraju said.
According to the Meteorological Department, several parts of Malavalli, Srirangapatna, Maddur, Nagamangala, K.R. Pet and Mandya taluks have received good rain in the last few weeks.
While Srirangapatna taluk got 17.5 mm of rain on May 17, the highest amount in the State that day, Halagur in Malavalli taluk recorded rain of 90.5 mm on April 6, which was the maximum in the State. Halasahalli in Malavalli taluk recorded 89 mm of rain on May 11.
According to Agriculture Department officials, sowing is expected to be taken up in earnest after the second week of June.
Many farmers have lost two consecutive crops owing to scanty rainfall and the Cauvery crisis Sowing of ragi, jowar, maize, pulses and turmeric has begun
Many farmers have lost two consecutive crops owing to scanty rainfall and the Cauvery crisis
Sowing of ragi, jowar, maize, pulses and turmeric has begun