Monday, May 5, 2014

PLANS DRAWN TO MEET LIKELY DROUGHT IN B’NGIR TUESDAY, 06 MAY 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | IN BHUBANESWA

PLANS DRAWN TO MEET LIKELY DROUGHT IN B’NGIR
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The prediction by the Indian Metrological department (IMD) about the likely occurrence of drought in August after two months of rainfall in June and July due to the effect of El Nino has set alarm bell ringing in Balangir, known very much for drought at regular intervals.
Rainfall has always been erratic in this district. The number of rainy days is declining compared to earlier years and percentage of assured irrigation continues to be abysmally low.
As a part of preventive measures, the Agriculture department has advised the farmers to go for drought resistance non-paddy crops like Arhar, maize, cowpea, mung and black gram with line sowing and shorter duration crop in ATT land.
The farmers should perform off- season ploughing to conserve soil moisture, reduce pest disease and weed management. Moreover, the farmers should go for early sowing of crops just after getting the monsoon rain and store rainwater and go for mixed cropping and intercropping, the agriculture officials advised.  In the middle and low land, the farmers should go for direct sowing of paddy (line sowing) as soon as monsoon rain received and under late sown condition, they should choose rice varieties which ripen relatively 10 days earlier. Besides, they should ensure proper storing of water for cultivation, they said.
In case of delays in transplanting of rice, the farmers should go for close transplanting of 5-7seedlings, remove weeds and follow plant protection measures. And in case of late season drought (September 16-0ctober 31), they should provide protective irrigation in critical stage such as flowering and grain filling in wide spaced crops. Moreover, the farmers should go for coverage of crop insurance and prepositioning of input for Rabi season, advised
the officials.
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