Scanty rain so far this month leaves farmers worried


Shivamogga recorded more-than-normal rainfall in June

Although there was no report from across the district on crop loss due to scanty rain during July, the Department of Agriculture has drawn up a contingency plan to tackle the situation that may arise, if the dry spell were to continue.

The monsoon became active in the district this year from the first week of June. As a result, the farmers took up the work of preparing and levelling of farm land for cultivation. In the month of June, the district received 558 mm rain, against the normal average rain of 330 mm.


Unfortunately, there was a decline in rainfall during July, when the average rainfall during previous years was 648 mm as the district has so far recorded a paltry 85 mm rainfall.

Of the 1.72 lakh hectares of cultivable land in the district, the sowing has been completed in 66,573 hectares. Paddy and maize are the major crops in the district. Maize is cultivated in 58,000 hectares of land, against which sowing had been completed in 48,000 hectares. The paddy crop is cultivated in about 1.05 lakh hectares of land in the district. Of this, sowing has been completed in 12,000 hectares in Sagar, Sorab and Tirthahalli taluks, where the crop is raised rain-fed method.

Sowing has been completed in 66,573 hectares of land so far

Paddy and maize are major crops in the region

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