Wednesday 30 May 2012
Good rain helps farmers
Pre-monsoon showers has augured well for the farming community and resulted in an increase in agriculture activities in the district.
More than 20 percent of sowing of pulses has been completed in plain parts, according to agriculture officer Lokeshappa.
According to the agriculture department, they have set a target completing sowing in 1.61 lakh hectares and excluding paddy sowing target of 41,900 hectares in Malnad area and 48,000 hectares of Ragi in plain parts for which the sowing operations takes momentum after the month of July remaining 70,000 hectares sowing has been completed in 14,500 hectares.
Lokeshappa said he is confident of meeting the set target of 1,61,370 hectares and this year the pre-monsoon showers have exceeded normal rainfall.
Kadur taluk, which received very less rainfall during monsoon and was declared a drought hit area, has received abundant rainfall during April and May.
Crops taken up for sowing include jowar, pulses such as black gram, green gram, sesame, horse gram; and oil seeds like groundnut, sunflower and cotton.
The department heads have dispelled the fear that farmers may face acute shortage of manure and seeds.
Officials said that with adequate stock of manure, seeds and stock the needs of farmers can be met till the end of June and will replenish it, if required.
All taluk-level assistant directors have been asked to provide seeds pertaining to pulses, sesame, cowpea, jower and sunflower to the farmers under 50 percent subsidy and stocks have been forwarded to all the taluks.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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