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Transplantation picks up

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VIZIANAGARAM: Following excess rainfall received during the last two months, paddy transplantation is going on briskly in the district.

The average rainfall received in June was 190.2 mm against 128 mm normal (+48.13 per cent) and July 267.5mm against 178.7mm normal (+49.7per cent).

The transplantation of paddy completed as on Tuesday was 43,331hectares against the normal area of 1, 13,815ha.

According to sources in the Agriculture Department, the transplantation in the remaining area would probably complete in a fortnight as all irrigation tanks have sufficient water for the purpose. As regards other crops, maize was raised in 5875ha against the normal 5212ha, black gram 1676ha against 1288ha and green gram 1421 ha against 1315 ha. In the case of sugarcane the area covered so far was 12851ha against 17752ha, groundnut 20156ha against 33825ha, red gram 1312ha against 1685ha, mesta 17875ha against 34610ha and cotton 9879ha against 10301ha.

The intermittent drizzle would help farmers speed up transplantation of paddy, the sources said, adding, moderate to heavy rains at the time of seed formation would help improve yield.

The sources said that arrangements to supply fertilizers had also been made at market yards and dealers. The supply position up to July-end was urea 13239MT, DAP 7895MT, Complex 5423MT and MOP3187MT.

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