Farming activities gear up

Farming activities gear up

Ryots have also switched to alternate crops for better

Though the potato growers have been suffering huge loss owing to blight disease and after following directions given by the government authorities not to grow potato in large quantities. The farmers didn’t associate much importance to this advice by the government and continued sowing potato seeds. However, some farmers had switched over to alternate crops like ginger and maize this year.

Sources in the Department of Agriculture informed that ginger and maize will fetch good price for farmers in the agricultural market and the department is encouraging farmers to grow ginger, maize in large scale instead of potato.

Distribution centres

The Department had already opened potato seeds distribution centres from May 9 and about  1,17,259 quintal of potato seeds had been distributed so far.

Rain lashed the district on Tuesday and brought smile on the face of farmers.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Deputy Director of Horticulture Nagaraj said that potato seeds were sown in 12,000 hectare of land in the district last year. The potato growers had decided to sow potato seeds in 11,000 hectare of lands this year. However, the exact area of sowing the seeds will be known by  June 15 when sowing activity reaches a stage of completion.

The farmers had also sown turmeric in some parts of the district. Besides, steps were taken to supply sufficient quantity of seeds to all the ryots.

Nagaraj wanted farmers to sow potato after heavy rains which would help the activity being carried out smoothly.