: Intermittent yet steady rain over the past few days has raised the hope of farmers for a good kharif season. Sowing has begun on 1,54,537 hectares (ha) out of the Department of Agriculture’s target of 4,20,195 hectares (ha) in Mysore district during the kharif season 2013-14, amounting to 37 per cent coverage.
Under rain-fed cultivation on an extent of 3,01,960 ha, sowing has taken place on 1,51,341 ha (50 per cent), Joint Director of Agriculture, Mysore district, K.R. Krishnaiah, told The Hindu .
In irrigated areas, an extent of 1,18,235 ha is proposed to be covered and only 3,196 ha has been covered so far, he said. Fields are being readied for sowing in areas that have received rainfall, he said.
The target for H.D. Kote taluk is 69,100 ha of which 44,593 ha has been covered (65 per cent), Mr. Krishnaiah said. The target for Hunsur taluk is 95,000 ha of which 35,687 ha has been covered (38 per cent). In K.R. Nagar taluk 8,070 ha out of is 57,700 ha has come under cultivation (14 per cent). Out of a target of 34,500 ha for Mysore taluk, 10,284 ha has been covered. Nanjangud taluk would have a total coverage of 70,200 ha of which 38,951 ha has been covered.
In Periyapatna, of the target of 52,450 ha, just 13,642 ha has been covered. The target for T. Narasipur taluk is 41,245 ha of which 2,950 ha been covered so far.
However, till the end of May, except H.D. Kote taluk, the other six taluks received less than normal rainfall. In the current year, till May 29, against the normal 198.8 mm rainfall, the district has received 151.8 mm (76 per cent). The process of sowing jowar, ragi, maize, groundnut, cotton and castor were going on, he said. Tobacco cultivation too had picked up pace.
As per statistics obtained from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Cell (KSNMDC), Mysore district recorded just 0.2 mm rainfall against the normal 2.4 mm rainfall in January, 8.1 mm against the normal 3.9 mm in February, 12.6 mm against 11.2 mm in March, 60.1 mm against 61.3 mm in April and 80.9 mm against 78.8 mm in May (till May 29).
The department hopes to distribute 30,421 quintals of certified seeds for sowing in the 2013-14 kharif season. It has already supplied 2,043 quintals of certified seeds of hybrid jowar and pulses. Of this, 1,291 quintals have been supplied through the Raitha Samparka Kendra (RSK) units in the district.
Seed stocks lying with the department, the Karnataka State Seeds Corporation, the National Seeds Corporation and private parties would exceed 50,000 quintals. There would be no dearth of certified seeds, Mr. Krishnaiah said.
As far as distribution of fertilizers is concerned, the target for the current season is 96,300 tonnes. The department has a stock of 37,575 tonnes of fertilizers supplied by the Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation and private companies.
As much as 10,719 tonnes have been distributed to farmers in the district, Mr. Krishnaiah said.