ZP demands declaration of 7 hoblis as drought-hit

ZP demands declaration of 7 hoblis as drought-hit

Zilla Panchayat delegation to meet Chief Minister on Sept 13

In a news conference on Friday, the ZP Chief said that the signs of drought are clear in certain hoblis of Kadur. Commercial crops like sunflower, groundnuts, tillola, pulses etc have not been sown at all in some patches of land due to the drought. Ragi sown in Yagati and Panchanahalli had germinated but unfortunately the fields have dried up due to shortage of rainfall. Likewise the potato yield in Padamane has depleted.

She said that the delegation will urge the CM to waive off the agriculture loan of the farmers from the three taluks, during his visit to the district on September 13. If this is not possible, then at least the interests must be waived off, she said.

Action Plan of Rs 7754.74 lakh has been approved in Kadur taluk to provide employment to common man and to improve the underground water level, using Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. With this 12,237 works can be started. A sum of Rs 805.00 lakh is available under the scheme.

“Ambale and Lakya hoblis in Chikmagalur have not received rainfall as per the expectation. Since there is adequate fund in the Panchayats here, it will be utilized for employment generation,” she said

The usual rainfall level of the district is 1,904mm. This year till August the district received 1,528 mm rainfall. The district had target of cultivating 1,60,980 hectare area of land.

However, various crops were cultivated over 1,33,411 hectare.
In Kadur 74,360 hectare area was cultivated and due to shortage of rain 20,840 hectare was not cultivated this year. Birur, Hirenallur, Sakharayapatna hoblis have cultivated sunflower, groundnut, ragi and jowar. The commercial crops in Yagati, Singatagere, Panchanahalli, Chaulahiriyur, Kasaba hobli etc have witnessed 60 per cent drop in yield.
The yield in 2,750 hectare in Lakya hobli which was used to cultivate commercial crops has dwindled by 75 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Zilla Panchayat fears that due to shortage in rainfall, there might be acute shortage of drinking water this year. ZP Chief said that the government has been urged to release Rs 50 lakh for water supply alone. Special attention will be given to Lakya hobli and Shivani hobli.

The Zilla Panchayat has stock of 52,310 ton of fodder at present, which is sufficient for next nine weeks.

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