Agri activities pick up in Kodagu district

The target has been set to cover 38,750 hectare land area. So far paddy has been sown over 5,200 hectare, ragi in 230 hectare, jowar in 3,365 hectare and tobacco in 260 hectare, said Agriculture Joint Director K R Krishnaiah.

Informing the same to Deccan Herald, he said that adequate quantity of fertiliser has been kept stocked and there is no scarcity of fertiliser. He said that they have stocked 3,724 metric ton of fertiliser including 1,728 metric tonne of urea, 731 metric tonne of DAP, 980 metric tonne of MOP, 276 metric tonne NPK.

Heavy rains have damaged 168 hectare of paddy nursery and 50 hectare of paddy saplings kept ready for planting, causing loss of Rs 69.20 lakh. A report has been submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, he said and added that apart from this, details are being collected from farmers about other personal loss.

Excessive rain

Kodagu district should have received normal rainfall of 936.8 mm but this year it has received 1,121.2 mm rain in July. While the estimated normal rainfall from January to July should have been 1,471 mm, region recorded 1567.4 mm rains.

He said that a demonstration will be held in the field of Ramakrishna in Somwarpete to popularise mechanised agriculture. Likewise, such demonstrations will be held at Madikeri taluk in the fields of Dileep Nanjappa. “Usage of machines will help the farmers face the labour shortage problem,” he said and added that about 100 acre land belonging to Basaveshwara Raitha Okkuta in Virajpet has started using the sowing machines.

He said that Organic Farming Mission programmes has been seeing success in the district. The inclination of farmers have been growing towards organic farming off late.

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