KARNATAKA

Deficient rainfall in Hassan

HASSAN, OCT. 11. The district has received 994 mm rainfall from January till September against the average rainfall of 1,022 mm for the first nine months of the year, according to a press release from the Joint Director of Agriculture, H.P. Mahesh Gowda. The deficit was 2.8 per cent. The rainfall was, however, more compared to the 501.6 mm recorded in the corresponding period last year.

Barring Alur (87.8 per cent) and Sakleshpur (97.3 per cent), the remaining taluks received more than average rainfall during the period. Arsikere taluk received 172.4 per cent of average rainfall, the release said.

The district received 90.4 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 105.3 mm. The rainfall recorded in the corresponding month last year was 27 mm. Arsikere (137.2 per cent), Channarayapatna (123.6 per cent), Alur (114.3 per cent), Belur (104.3 per cent) and Hassan (102.9 per cent) received more than average rainfall. Sakleshpur, Holenarsipur and Arkalgud taluks recorded less than average rainfall, it said.

The release said sowing had been completed in 2.620 lakh hectares. Harvesting of hybrid jowar, black gram, groundnut, sesame and tobacco had been completed. Maize, cowpea and sunflower were being harvested.

Mr. Mahesh Gowda said the dry spell during July affected maize, potato and ragi crops. However, rainfall in September helped those who had cultivated ragi. A total of 17,183 farmers had insured their crops for 2004-05, he added.

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