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Torrential rain keeps farmers on their toes

D.Radhakrishnan
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They take steps to prevent weather affecting standing crops

To ward off pests: A farm worker spraying plant protection chemicals at Bygamund near Udhagamandalam on Sunday. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan
To ward off pests: A farm worker spraying plant protection chemicals at Bygamund near Udhagamandalam on Sunday. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

With torrential rain having become the order of the day in many parts of the Nilgiris, farm operations have been stepped up.

Speaking to The Hindu on Sunday, farmers in Bygamund near here said that they have to not only make the most of the favourable weather but also ensure that continuous rain and overcast conditions do not affect the standing crops.

Pointing out that annual crops are cultivated over a large area in Bygamund and surroundings including Muthorai Palada, Kappathorai and Ottimora Hossahatty, the Assistant Director of Horticulture A.J.Jagadeesh Kumar said that since normally during this part of the year pests are not a source of threat, farmers have to protect the crops mainly against diseases.

Stating that the rains are beneficial to the standing autumn crops including potato and cabbage, most of which are nearing the harvesting stage, he said that the farmers should provide proper drains to prevent waterlogging of the fields.

To a question, he said that the rain is of considerable help to tea gardens.

Making use of the weather, planters have started applying fertilizers. The yield in the tea gardens has started increasing.

However the rain has affected normal life in some parts of the district like Ooty, Coonoor and their surroundings.

Various sections of the society have been subjected to a great deal of inconvenience.

Power supply was disrupted in some parts of Coonoor on Sunday.

People residing in low lying areas have started taking precautions in view of prevailing conditions.

Though the inflow of tourists was fairly good during the weekend, their sight-seeing plans were thrown out of gear by the inclement weather in the region.


  • Annual crops are cultivated in Bygamund and surroundings including Muthorai Palada
  • Though pests are not a threat now, farmers have to take precautions against crop diseases

  • Rain over the past few days has been of considerable help to tea gardens

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