Andhra Pradesh

Rains may salvage some crops

The rains of the last couple of days will now help in taking up alternative crops under the contingency plan.- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD

The rains of the last couple of days will now help in taking up alternative crops under the contingency plan.- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD  

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hanks to rains across coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Rayalaseema under the impact of a low pressure area this week, hopes have partly revived in the rain-deficit districts that they can salvage at least the alternative crops they have sown in this bleak monsoon.

Significant improvement cannot be expected at this late hour, but the prospects do not seem as bad as they were before this week’s rains. Moreover, rains are expected for two more days, Agriculture Department officials said.

The late showers will help in improving prospects for crops sown in late July and August and also for horticulture crops in the Rayalaseema districts, they said.

As of September 5, the total sown area in the State was about 29 lakh hectares as against the average sown area of 35 lakh hectares. Sowing did not take place in 17 per cent of the cultivable area due to deficit rains and long dry spells.

The rains of the last couple of days will now help in taking up alternative crops under the contingency plan. The rainfall deficits have come down in Kadapa, Prakasam, Nellore, Guntur and to some extent in Srikakulam and Chittoor as well. But the situation is still serious in Kurnool with a rainfall deficit of 43 per cent.

However, the recent rains bode well for the black cotton soils in Kurnool for taking up Bengal gram and jowar cultivation. Adequate quantity of these seeds have been kept ready, officials said. Though some shortage was reported for black gram, they will be available for distribution to farmers in one or two days, officials said.

While this is temporary relief, the situation will improve only when heavy showers occur in the catchment areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka to bring copious inflows into the reservoirs in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.



The late showers will help in improving prospects for crops sown in late July and August and also for horticulture crops in Rayalaseema districts, say Agriculture officials



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