Rain misses date, dashes hopes of farmers in Chikkaballapur

Agriculture activities come to halt because of scanty rainfall

Rain misses date, dashes hopes  of farmers in Chikkaballapur

Truant rain has dashed the hopes of farmers in the district.

 As soon as the monsoon set in 15 days ago in Chikkaballapur, Shidlaghatta and Chintamani taluks, sowing was taken up with a lot of hopes. But, farmers in Gauribidanur, Bagepalli and Gudibande taluks had to wait with agony for the rain.

While they continue to wait for rains to take up agricultural activities, farmers in the other taluks are worried that the seeds sown would wilt as the rains have failed them for the past one week.

The Agriculture department has distinguished between dry and irrigated land and had set a target for production. But, the farmers are not able to reach the target due to scanty rainfall.

Even the irrigated land are parched due to the depletion of the groundwater table. According to S Venkatanama, the joint director, Agriculture department, though the region received adequate rain in the second week of july, it missed the dates later.

If there was incessant rain for a few days, the fields would have been wet, facilitating the sowing operation. He said the rain is likely to revive in the fourth week of July and if it doesn’t, the government will take up drought relief works, he said.

In Bagepalli

Delay in monsoon has hit agriculture activities in the taluk.

Farmers in the taluk who are awaiting rains in the taluk have not taken up sowing.

For the past 15 days, though the sky is overcast, the clouds disperse by evening, dashing hopes of farmers. 

Even if its rains, it is not sufficient to start any agriculture activity. At the onset of monsoon, farmers are faced with barren land. Delayed monsoon has not only hit the agriculture community but has led to severe shortage of drinking water in both cities and rural areas.

By July 23, the taluk should have received 245 mm of rain.

However, this time Bagepalli has received only 135.12 mm of rain. So the taluk is facing a deficit of 109.88 mm of rain this monsoon.

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