Andhra Pradesh

Delayed monsoon may affect kharif operations in Godavari delta

Ten days of our schedule will be disturbed, say farmers.

Ten days of our schedule will be disturbed, say farmers.  

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Ten days of our schedule will be disturbed, say farmers

The farmers of the Godavari delta are anxiously awaiting the first spell of the Southwest monsoon as they have to go for nurseries and sowings in this kharif season. The forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) also indicates that the monsoon will be delayed for four more days and the dry spell will end around 20th of this month.

“We generally receive the first spell from 1 June but the IMD says it will take another four days to get rains. So, 10 days of our schedule will be disturbed,” said Satyanarayana, Rangarao of Munikoodali of Seethanagaram mandal. As per the Kharif schedule, the farmers of the Godavari and Krishna delta will go for nurseries between the first and second week of June and after the onset of monsoon they go for sowings in the last week.

This year the area of kharif in East Godavari is 2.33 hectares and the agriculture department has already kept different varieties of paddy seeds ready. “This year our department kept flood resistant common varieties in Swarna, BPT and Marteru (MTU) ready for farmers and even started distribution in some areas like Peddapuram and Rajamahendravaram Revenue divisions,” said K.S.V. Prasad, Joint Director of Agriculture.

The government is offering Rs. 5 subsidy per kg on a 30-kg bag of seeds of rain and pest resistant varieties including on RP Bio-226, MTU-1061, BPT-5204 and MTU-1001.

However, farmers of the Konaseema area are apprehensive of kharif as they had experienced several cyclones since 2010 in November and December — Laila, Neelam, Helen, Leher and Hudhud. “We had very bad experiences in the past in November as cyclones hit our area and we lost production and did not get compensation for our crop loss,” said Kumaraswami of the Konaseema Farmers’ Association.

If everything goes fine and the monsoon sets by 20th, the farmers will go for sowings in many mandals in both the Godavari districts. As per last year, farmers need 73 tonnes of seed in East Godavari and the Agriculture department has only 45 tonnes. “It is not at all a problem and farmers are already having the seed with them procured through seed village programme,” said the Joint Director.

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