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Cropping intensity is highest in Mysore district: official

Jeevan Chinnappa


‘Mysore district has the earliest sowing season in the State'

Net cultivable area in the district is 3.45 lakh hectares


Mysore: Mysore district's cropping intensity is 165 per cent, the highest in Karnataka.

Under this pattern, farmers reap a rich harverst and the productivity is also high by going in for intense agricultural practices.

This was disclosed to The Hindu by Joint Director of Agriculture for Mysore district, K.R. Krishnaiah, here on Friday. Farmers in the region cultivate pulses, ragi or paddy, or tobacco, taking one crop after the other.

Production boost

This has boosted production, he added. “Mysore district is also credited with the earliest sowing season in the State, which has already begun, thanks to the good and well spaced-out rainfall pattern,” Mr. Krishnaiah added.

Of the total area of 6.76 lakh hectares in Mysore district, 3.45 lakh hectares is the net cultivable area.Dharwad district stood second in the State with a cropping intensity of 156 per cent followed by Gadag with 149 per cent, Mr. Krishnaiah noted.

There are 3.71 lakh farm-holders in the district, of which 3.20 lakh were small and marginal farmers.

Record production

Mr. Krishnaiah stated that Karnataka recorded the highest food production in the country during 2010-11, producing 1.28 crore tonnes.

It was aided by good rainfall, supply of quality seeds to farmers and use of latest technology in agricultural practices. Mysore district's contribution to the State food production during 2010-11 was 6.77 lakh tonnes, he said.

A total of 4.41 lakh hectares in Mysore district would come under agriculture coverage during 2011-12.

The Department of Agriculture had plans to distribute 40,117 quintals of quality seeds to farmers this kharif season (up to September), he said. Seed distribution would be done at a subsidised rate, he added.

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