Farming activities take backseat in Kolar region

Land prepared for sowing is turning hard and losing moisture

A farmer ploughing his dry land, in Kodikannur of Kolar district. DH PHOTOThough the State has been receiving heavy rains and flood threat looming large in many parts, it seems that the rain God is not pleased with the people of  Kolar region. Farmers are worried a lot as the land they had prepared for farming activities is getting harder as it is losing moisture. The region initially had witnessed good rain. The lands were ploughed and the farmers are ready with seeds and fertilisers. Good crop was expected this year. But after May there is no sign of rain even though the sowing season has almost ended.

According to the agriculture department 95,485 hectare of land should be cultivated which include ragi in 63,000 hectare,  groundnut in 13,000 hectare, turdal in 4,250 hectare, paddy in 4,000 hectare and also sesame, field beans, alasande. But till now only few thousand area has been cultivated.

Usually, raig which is a rain fed crop, would be sowed in 63,000 hectare of land by the end of June. But from the past 4 years the farmers have experienced crop failure. Groundnut which should have been sowed before ragi, is also not taken up.

Lakes in the districts have dried up from past four years as a result of which paddy cultivation is also not taken up. The region would receive average rainfall of 740.09 mm for a year. This year till May, it witnessed 798.02 mm of rain, which had raised the hopes of good yield among the farmers. But now as the rain god has failed to turn out farmers, now fear of their dreams getting shattered.

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