Friday, July 11, 2014
Specter of drought looms large in Bolangir Agriculture operations brought to standstill Agriculture operations taken up in 20% land
Specter of drought looms large in Bolangir
Agriculture operations brought to standstill
Agriculture operations taken up in 20% land
In June it received 66.5%lessrainfall
Till9th July it received only 25.5mm
The specter of drought looms large in Bolangir district with the district receiving much below than normal rainfall in June and in the first week of July brining agriculture operations, especially Paddy cultivation to a grinding halt
In June against the average rainfall of 202.5mm it received only70mm which is 66.5%defict rainfall bringing the agricultural operation to a grinding halt.
The agriculture cultivation in the district is totally dependent on monsoon rain . Once monsoon plays truant, the crop goes haywire. Even as politician cry for more irrigation facility, the assured irrigation facility in the district continues to remain abysmally low at 3%.
July is the crucial month for Kharif paddy cultivation .But so far we have received only 25.5mmwhichis woefully inadequate for any agriculture operation.
This year we had planned to take up Kharif paddy cultivation in 1,85,000hectares in the district .But till today only in 20% area, agriculture operation has been taken up. Unless there is no major rain within 15thJuly, the agriculture operations in district would be affected badly saysDDA Manoranjan Mallick
We advise the farmers not to go for paddy cultivation in Attand Mal land. We advise farmer to go for non paddy crop, Mallick says further.
According to sources last year the agriculture department undertook steps to promote Gurjee cultivation in the district by giving subsidy to farmers. This year that scheme has not been taken up due to shortage of funds and further official order.