Onion growers stare at crop loss in Kadur taluk

Onion growers stare at crop loss in Kadur taluk

The deficient rainfall in Kadur taluk has badly affected the kharif crops this year. Farmers, who had sowed their land with the hope of reaping a bumper harvest are now feeling dejected. Crops like ragi, jowar and onion have borne the brunt of scanty rains. More importantly, scarcity of rain has also led to acute drinking water shortage in some parts of the taluk.

The monsoon had failed last year as well. However, the good rainfall during last rabi season ensured that the taluk did not face drinking water crisis. The monsoon, though was promising in the beginning, fizzled away in the later days. And now, the rains have virtually disappeared.

Onion was sown on more than 2,500 hectares in Kadur taluk. Since there was no sign of rains, the farmers irrigated the crop using water from borewells for a few days. But, the borewells too failed owing to drastic depletion of groundwater. With no water, the crops have started withering, apparently affecting the yield.

The recent crash in the price of onion has added to the worries of the farmers. They fear that with the prevailing price for the produce, they may not be able to recover even their investment. The farmers in Biluvala, Nagagondanahalli, Basooru and Maccheri have left the onion crops on the field without harvesting it.

A farmer in Maccheri village stands to lose his onion crop grown an acre. The plants have already dried up and there are bleak chances of he recovering his investment of Rs 35,000 on seeds and fertilisers.

The deficient rainfall has adversely affected ragi sown on 35,000 hectares in the taluk. Wild boars have been destroying jowar grown in Yagati hobli. Groundwater has been exploited to the hilt in the taluk. As a result, the authorities have imposed restrictions on sinking of borewells. However, a majority of the borewells have gone dry. Under these trying circumstances, farmers are also struggling to save their coconut and arecanut plantations. Drinking water crisis has assumed grave proportion in Panchanahalli, Yagati and Singatagere hoblis as well. With no other viable alternatives, the farmers in the taluk are looking up to the sky for any sign of rain.
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