Early onset of monsoon kindlesfarmers’ hope for good kharif
Farmers of the partially rain-shadow district of Chittoor are a contented lot with good rainfall this month. After a niche of half a decade, the arrival of southwest monsoon to Chittoor is being thought of on time because the 63 of the overall 66 mandals of the district recorded 2,137 mm rainfall on Sunday.
The monsoon rain has kindled farmer’ hope for a good kharif season in relation to yield. The groundnut farmers are preparing for sowing operations in about 1.4 lakh hectares. Paddy is cultivated in about 20,000 hectares within the district, and sugarcane in about 15,000 hectares. Officials stated the early onset of monsoon this yr is prompting the farmers to accentuate farm operations. Tavanampalle and Chittoor rural mandals witnesses a precipitation of greater than 100 mm, giving a breather to farmers who anticipate bumper crops this kharif season.
Joint Director (Agriculture) S. Dorasani advised The Puucho that the Khariff season had a really good begin with extra rainfall in Chittoor. “As per the weather forecast, the monsoon is going to be vigorous this year. Apart from the eastern mandals, several farmers in the western mandals can now start farm operations,” she stated.
The official stated as groundnut occurs to be the principal crop of the district, 80,000 quintals of seed can be distributed to farmers on a war-footing because the sowing would begin from June 15. “Some farmers in the eastern mandals have already started the sowing operations, thanks to good groundwater table there. We will be encouraging intercropping this karif season,” stated Ms. Dorasani.
Meanwhile, a downpour was reported in Puthalapattu and Tavanampalle and a dozen of western mandals from Saturday evening until early hours of Sunday.
The officers stated two crest gates of the NTR Jalasayam close to Chittoor had been lifted in view of the heavy inflows.