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SCANTY RAINFALL: PADDY PLANTS TO WILT IN B’NGIR Monday, 03 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
SCANTY RAINFALL: PADDY PLANTS TO WILT IN B’NGIR
Monday, 03 August 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the dark clouds hover over the Balangir sky indicating arrival of heavy rain, they belie the expectation of farmers. Scanty rainfall, woefully inadequate to carry out further agricultural operations of paddy crop, has left the farmers high and dry. After broadcasting the paddy, the next process in cultivation is transplanting which requires standing water in the paddy field.
However, according to official sources, so far the district has received 249.4mm rainfall against the normal average rainfall of 360 mm in the district.
Most of the rainfall occurred either in a localised or in an erratic way which has only helped in keeping the paddy plant alive. In the absence of a heavy rainfall, the agriculture operations in paddy crop have virtually come to a halt in the district. According to official sources, transplanting of paddy crop has been taken in 18,334 hectares of land. Out of 14 blocks of Balangir district, namely Puintala, Loisingha, Bolangir, Bongomunda, Gudvella and Agalpur have received less rainfall. Unless there is a rainfall of 50-60 mm in a single day or even more within four to seven days, the paddy crop will wilt, says Deputy Director of Agriculture Manoranrjan Mallick.