Karnataka

Rice production likely to be hit in Mysuru district

Paddy cultivated on only 2,922 hectares as against the targeted 1,02,650 hectares

As most of the farmers have desisted from growing paddy in Mysuru district owing to the State government’s decision to not provide water for paddy crop in the command area during the kharif season, production of rice may come down considerably in the district.

Farmers have cultivated paddy on only 2,922 hectares as against the target of 1,02,650 hectares during the kharif season.

The Agriculture Department has stopped distributing seeds in order to prevent farmers from growing paddy this season. Hence, rice production in the district may be adversely affected this year.

Somasundra, Joint Director of Agriculture, told The Hindu that paddy was grown in over 88,740 hectares during 2015-16 and there was a rice production of over 3,00,709 tonnes during the year. He said that over 35.67 quintal rice was produced per hectare last year and he said farmers had grown paddy in many taluks despite drought.The Agriculture Department, at the behest of the State government, is prevailing upon farmers not to cultivate paddy this year owing to failure of rain.

The department, through Raitha Samparka Kendras (farmer contact centres), and through other various other platforms had insisted the farmers not to grow paddy this season and it also made it clear that government was not responsible if farmers grew paddy and the crop got damaged for want of water.

Apart from instructing the farmers not to grow any water intensive crop such as paddy, and sugarcane, the department had also called upon the farmers to grow ragi, hybrid maize, jowar, pulses, cotton, and oil seeds, which require less water. Many farmers had cultivated the above crops in most parts of the district. Hence, most of the farmers did not take up paddy this season and only a small number of farmers in the rain-fed area and are dependent on their borewells have cultivated paddy this season, Mr. Somasundra said. He said that water being let into the canals would be used to fill the tanks for drinking purposes.

In K.R. Nagar taluk, paddy cultivation is down to 2,384 hectares as against the target of 26,500 hectares, in Mysuru it is 160 hectares as against the target of 8,000 hectares, while in Nanjangud only 53 hectares has been brought under paddy cultivation this year as against the target of 17,000 hectares. In Periyapatana 325 hectares has been brought under paddy cultivation as against the targeted 8,400 hectares and paddy has not been cultivated in H.D. Kote, Hunsur, and T. Narsipur.

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