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Scanty rain dashes ryots' hopes

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Agriculture Department officials forecast decline in area under cultivation


  • District receives only 40 mm rain against average of 71.2 mm
  • Farmers undecided on sowing as monsoon plays truant
  • Ryots who use bore wells raise nurseries
  • About 6.5 lakh hectares of land is being used for cultivation

    MAHABUBNAGAR: The scenario of agriculture sector in the district looks gloomy this year too with the failure of monsoon. The officials of Agriculture Department forecast decrease in area of cultivation during current kharif season following the deficit rainfall recorded in June. The district has received 40 mm rainfall in June while the average rainfall for the month is 71.2 mm.

    The farmers in the district have completed preparatory cultivation such as harrowing and cleaning of stubbles in the first week of June anticipating on setting of monsoon on time. Due to delay in monsoon, several farmers in the district have not sown jawar crop, according to the information collected by the Agriculture Department.

    Usually, the farmer undertakes jawar sowings in rohini karthi. As the tanks have not received any water due scanty and erratic rainfall, the farmers did not raise paddy nurseries so far. However, those farmers who cultivate under agriculture bore wells have raised nurseries.

    Normally as many as 7,13,817 hectors of land would be cultivated in kharif season in the district. But due to deficit rainfall since last four year, only over 6.5 lakh hectors of land is being cultivated in the district.

    During the last kharif, the farmers in the district have cultivated different crops in the 6,60,491 hectors as against normal cultivation of 7,13,817 hectors. This year, according to observations, there would be further decline in kharif cultivation due to scant rainfall. Over 1.5 lakh acres would be cultivated under RDS and Jurala projects but water has not been released so far as both the projects did not received water from Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers.

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