Staff Correspondent

Sugarcane crop can recover at a later stage if sufficient water is available

Area under sugarcane cultivation has come down in the district compared to last year

District records 276.50 mm of rain this year as against 414.90 mm of rain last year

BIDAR: The low rainfall in the district is likely to affect the yield of sugarcane. However, the crop which is in its growing stage may recover if sufficient water is available.

Luckily for sugarcane growers, the district has witnessed rain for the past couple of days.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Joint Director of the Agriculture Department, Bidar, Sharanappa Mudgal, said that sugarcane is a 12-month crop and it could recover even at a later stage.

Presently, sugarcane is grown in 23,810 hectares of land in the district. In Bidar taluk it is grown in 5,729 hectares of land, Bhalki taluk-3,672 hectares of land, Basavkalyan taluk-5,735 hectares of land, Humnabad taluk-7,225 hectares of land and Aurad taluk-1,448 hectares of land.

Areas with borewells and open wells have come under sugarcane cultivation. However, the water table has receded. To add to the woes of farmers there have been frequent power cuts. Due to this, farmers are unable to pump water from the water source to fields, he said. The area under sugarcane cultivation has come down in the district. Last year, farmers had grown sugarcane in 25,000 hectares, he said. According to Mr. Mudgal, farmers have not shown much interest in cultivating sugarcane, as they do not get a remunerative price for their produce.

Mr. Mudgal said the district had recorded 276.50 mm of rain this year as against 414.90 mm of rain last year.

A survey was conducted by the Agriculture Department and it was found that 75 to 80 per cent of areas under green and black gram cultivation had been affected due to low rainfall. According to Mr. Mudgal, about 72 per cent of sowing had been competed in the district. Sowing was over in about 2,49,022 hectares of land while it was yet to begin in about 95,573 hectares of land.

Associate professor of Agriculture Research Station, Bidar, C.R. Konda said, “Assessment of yield in sugarcane can be taken up in October, since the crop is still in its growth stage,” he said.