Agri dept projects 30-40 per cent crop loss in district

Agri dept projects 30-40 per cent crop loss in district

Agri dept projects 30-40  per cent crop loss in district

Agricultural department has raised concerns that up to 30-40 per cent of the crops sown in Mysore district might be lost, owing to the disappointing spell of monsoons in the month of June.

Speaking at a review meeting held here, on Friday, M Mahanteshappa, Joint Director, Agriculture department, said that rainfall had been below average in all the taluks of the district, save Nanjangud, affecting the yield of major crops of the district, such as cotton and tobacco. The Maize crop was also showing indications of drying up, he said.

He added that good rainfall in the remaining monsoon months might slightly revive the yield of crops. 

The department had set a target of completing sowing in 4,19,695 hectares of land, of which 2,13,943 hectares had been completed. 

While sowing has been completed in 68 per cent of the rain-fed areas, seven per cent of the land under irrigation has been cultivated, he said.

Rain days

The data provided during the meeting, also shows that there has been a decrease in rain days, when compared to the monsoon season last year. In H D Kote taluk, while it rained for 22 days in the month of June 2013, it has only rained for six days during 2014. 

 Similarly, Hunsur taluk recorded 10 rain days in June 2013, it rained for two days in 2014. Periyapatna had five rain days in June 2014, as against 12 in 2013, and K R Nagar had three rain days in June this year, against six last year. The situation was similar in other parts of the district.

FMD outbreak

The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), which had claimed the lives of several hundreds of cattle in the district last year, is now completely under control, said Dr Devdas, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry department.

He said that two phases of vaccination for FMD was taken up in the district. During the first phase, 98 per cent of the cattle were vaccinated. Second phase of vaccination would be taken up from the month of August, he said.

RTE seats

Responding to queries at the meeting, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, H R Basappa said that 98 per cent of the seats under Right to Education Act had been filled in the district.President of Zilla Panchayat, C J Dwarakish complained about few schools publishing misleading advertisements about the percentage of results secured by them in SSLC. 

Basappa said that the complaint has been raised by few parents.  “We have served notices to such schools which have published misleading advertisements. If they continue to do so, recognition of the educational institute will be cancelled,” he said.

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