Tuesday, July 14, 2015
INADEQUATE RAINFALL HITS AGRI OPS IN BALANGIR Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Inadequate and erratic rainfall in Balangir district has affected the additional agricultural operations of paddy crops in the district raising apprehensions of drought among farmers.Sources said in July, the district received 219.64 mm rainfall, slightly higher than its average rainfall of 202 mm in June. The crucial operations of paddy crops like transplanting and beushaining has been halted due to inadequate rainfall.
The State has so far received 121.94 mm rainfall in July while the average rainfall for this month is expected to be 360.5 mm.While paddy cultivation has been targeted to be taken up in 1,85,000 hectares of land, only 40 per cent farm area, this year, additional agriculture operation after sowing has been taken up.“Cracks were found in some areas, but it was managed somewhat due to rain over the last few days. The agriculture operations would be badly hit in the district unless there is a good heavy rainfall within four to seven days,” said an agriculture official. Besides paddy, non paddy crops like cotton is going to be affected due to shortage of paddy, continuous rain during sowing season and farmers getting less financial returns in comparison to previous years.