Scanty rainfall in Kodagu worries farmers

The overcast in the sky did not bring rain to Kodagu district, which receives highest rainfall during monsoon. From June 1 to June 25, the district has received an average of 30.7 cm rainfall. The normal rainfall is 48.5 cm. The district had received 54.1 cm rainfall last year. Compared to last year, there has been decline by 44 per cent.

The district which is surrounded by forest and hilly regions normally receives heavy rainfall. The prediction of weather scientists that the South West monsoon will be below normal this year has its impact on Kodagu as well.

“We have received only drizzling. The actual rainfall is yet to lash Kodagu. In such a scenario, I am waiting for good rains to lash for sowing paddy,” said a farmer.

Rain has been playing traunt in Talacauvery, the origin of river Cauvery. The region has received 70.6 cm rainfall. Compared to last year, there is a deficit of 43 per cent. Even after 15 days of monsoon entering the district, Triveni Sangama has not submberged in Bhagamandala. The flood water has not entered bridges, roads in the district, say residents.

Compared to Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks, Madikeri taluk has received good rainfall.  Madikeri taluk has received 45.9 cm. Compared to normal rain, there is a deficit of 24 per cent. Virajpet taluk has received 28.9 cm rainfall. The normal rainfall in the district is 53.9 cm. Compared to last year, there is deficit by 53 per cent in Shanthalli hobli.

Owing to deficit rainfall, the inflow of water into Harangi reservoir has declined. Last year, the reservoir had 2.6 tmc water. This year, the water level is below one tmc. The storage capacity of the reservoir is 8.5 tmc.

Agriculture department technical officer Ramesh said “the deficit rainfall has affected paddy cultivation. As the district received heavy rainfall, the farmers grow paddy. Now, it will not be possible to grow paddy.

Only 20 pc of farmers have transplanted paddy seedlings. If we receive good rainfall this week, then we can grow paddy varieties like Intana, Tunga B R, BKB. If rain continues to play tantrums, then, we will have to go for medium variety which does not take much time to harvest.”

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