The continuing rain caused by the advent of north east monsoon is all set to influence agriculture activities in Karur district.
Farmers have already covered substantial ground in raising paddy nurseries and sugarcane and the rain will immensely help standing crops besides providing lifeline to rain-fed crops in parched areas of the district.
The normal samba paddy coverage in Karur district is around 16,000 hectare and the rains has helped in timely raising of nurseries and transplantation activities under conventional method of cultivation.
More than 80 per cent of transplantation has been completed in Kulithalai, Krishnarayapuram, and Thogamalai taluks while in Karur, Thanthoni and K.Paramathi blocks the activity is peaking and is set to be completed early next month, according to the Joint Director of Agriculture S.Jagadeesan.
The plan is to bring 50 per cent of the cultivated area under the System of Rice Intensification and so far more than 4,000 hectare have been brought under the method.
Against the total target area of 15,300 hectare for millets, sorghum has been raised in 11,500 hectare, bajra 700 hectare and maize in over 530 hectare.
The current spell of rains would aid in covering the balance area in the next fortnight, Mr.Jagadeesan says.
Pulses cultivation in the district is in the region of 17,500 hectare and so far red gram has been raised in 2,600 hectare, black gram and horse gram in 1,000 hectare each and green gram in 250 hectare.
The current wet spell might help in increasing red gram cultivation to the tune of another 600 hectare, officials hope. Horse gram is being raised mostly in Aravakurichi, K.Paramathi and Thanthoni blocks as cattle fodder. Sugarcane cultivation is expected to touch the 6,250 hectare mark this year and already 5,200 hectares have been covered so far, taking into account the ratoon and main crop plantations in all areas across the district.
In November and December another 1,200 hectares will be covered.
Regarding availability of fertilizers, Mr.Jagadeesan says that potash availability has now eased as 500 tonnes had arrived and save 65 tonnes all stock has been disbursed to farmers.
In the first week of November another consignment of 500 tonnes of potash is expected. That apart, 320 tonnes of Di Ammonium Phosphate, 380 tonnes Urea and 400 tonnes NPK Complex fertilizer have been stocked. Availability of seeds is also not a problem, Mr.Jagadeesan observes.
Standing crop like sugarcane and samba paddy will be benefitted