KARNATAKA

Sowing picks up in Chikmagalur

CHIKMAGALUR, JUNE 4. Sowing picked up in Chikmagalur district following pre-monsoon rain from April, Rajanna, Joint Director of Agriculture, has said. He said the district has received pre-monsoon rainfall of 124 per cent as against 11 per cent last year. He said Mudigere taluk in Malnad region had received good rainfall.

Mr. Rajanna said seeds of 13 crops had been subsidised by 50 per cent under the natural calamities scheme. All raitha samparka kendras in hobli headquarters had been sufficiently stocked with seed material and workers had been informed on distribution of seeds and other technical data.

Giving details of the extent of sowing undertaken so far, he said sunflower had been sown in 7,000 hectares, green gram in 1,000 hectares, sesame in 1,000 hectares, cotton in 100 hectares and maize, black gram, cowpea and paddy in hectares each.

The Agriculture Department had made arrangements for supply of hybrid seeds of maize, sunflower, paddy, and cotton. Efforts are being made to encourage farmers to use bio-fertilizers and cattle manure. The yield was expected to increase by about 15 per cent this year.

Heavy rain

Meanwhile, Chikmagalur and its surrounding areas received heavy rains in the past few days. Several trees had fallen and electric cables snapped damaging property. Vegetables grown in villages around Chikmagalur and ginger grown in 80 acres of land in Jagara hobli have been washed away. Several coffee plantations on the Mullayyana Giri slopes have suffered heavy damages.

C.T. Ravi, MLA, K.R. Srinivas, Deputy Commissioner, and B.K. Singh, Superintendent of Police, visited the affected areas.

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