I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Monday, May 5, 2014
PLANS DRAWN TO MEET LIKELY DROUGHT IN B’NGIR TUESDAY, 06 MAY 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | IN BHUBANESWA
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
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