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Sowing completed in nearly half of the targeted area

R. Krishna Kumar

MYSORE: Agricultural activity has gathered steam in the region, following widespread and uniform rains in Mysore district.

Nearly 50 per cent of the target area has been covered by the third week of June.

Joint Director of Agriculture Krishnaiah told The Hindu that until June 20, crops had been sown on 2,13, 992 hectares of land, out of the 4,41,050 ha. to be covered in the district. “We hope to reach 100 per cent of the targeted area by August,” he said.

Most agriculture in the district takes place under rain-fed conditions. Sowing has been completed in 2,04,686 ha. of the 3,19,275 –ha. of rain-fed land. Meanwhile, sowing has been completed in 8 per cent of the irrigated land — 9,306 ha. of the targeted 1,21,775 ha.

Major crops

The major crops being taken up for sowing in the kharif season include tobacco, cotton, pulses, and cereals such as maize and jowar. Besides, about 15,540 ha. have been brought under oilseed plantation, Mr. Krishnaiah said.

The district will require 53,435 quintals of seeds during the year, with the authorities aiming to distribute 30,891 quintals for the kharif season alone.

It has been estimated that farmers will require 96,300 tonnes of fertilizer, of which 36,032 tonnes were distributed between April and June.

Mr. Krishnaiah said that steps had been taken to ensure the timely availability of seeds and fertilizer. The Department of Agriculture had constituted a vigilance cell to monitor the distribution of seeds and fertilizer.Uniform rainfall had aided agricultural activity, Mr. Krishnaiah said. The district received 353.2 mm of rain from January to June 28, as against the average of 287 mm for this period.

The monsoon was uniformly spread and covered all taluks in the district according to meteorological department.

H.D. Kote received 418.8 mm of rain this year between January and June as against an average of 322 mm, Hunsur received 503.8 mm of rain as against an average of 270 mm, K.R. Nagar 305 mm ( 305 mm), Mysore taluk 329.6 per cent (294 mm), Nanjangud 208.7 mm (average 253 mm), Periyapatana 331.8 mm ( 319 mm) and T. Narsipur taluk 274.4 mm of rain against an average of 250 mm.

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