Target fixed for Chitradurga district is 3,58,500 hectares
R. Krishnamurthy, joint director of the Agriculture Department, has said that sowing for the kharif season has been completed on 2,131 hectares of land till May 20, as against the target of 3,58,500 hectares.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Krishnamurthy said that so far the district had received 67.7 mm of rainfall against the normal 486 mm. The India Meteorological Department has said that the district is likely to receive good spells of rain in the coming days.
As farmers in all the six taluks of the district have started preparations for sowing, the Agriculture Department has started distributing seeds with a subsidy of 50 per cent through 22 Raitha Samparka Kendras (RSKs) and 10 additional seed distribution centres. As against the requirement of 81,683 quintals of seeds for the kharif season, there is a stock of 18,839 quintals. The State government has been requested to release the remaining quantity of seeds, he said. The total requirement of fertilizers for the kharif season is 52,400 tonnes. Steps hve been taken to distribute 52,000 tonnes of fertilizers to farmers in all the six taluks through the RSKs. The district received Rs. 33.85 crore as subsidy input for drought-affected taluks during the last financial year, which will soon be distributed to small farmers through the Revenue Department, he said.
As the district is facing acute shortage of fodder owing to scanty rainfall in the last two years, the Animal Husbandry Department has taken steps to distribute fodder seed kits to farmers in all the taluks, Mr. Krishnamurthy said.