Farming activities gain momentum

Agriculture Dept initiates measures for timely supply of sowing seeds and fertilisers


The district has received a rain fall of 103.40 mm. The average annual rainfall is 750.30 mm and it rained more - 860 mm last year. It had rained 190.80 mm by the end of May last year.

Conventional crops like ragi, jowar, groundnut, toor are grown in 1,44,255 hectares of land in the district during kharif season. While hybrid jowar has been sown in 170 hectares and 52 hectares of land in Gauribidanur and Gudibande taluk respectively, popcorn jowar has been sown in 30 acres of land in Shidlaghatta taluk. The crop is in the sporuting stage. The sowing activity become brisk in the third week of June as usual.

Availability of seeds

1,000 quintals of groundnut, 500 quintals of hybrid jowar seeds have been stocked in the Raitha Samparka Kendras in the district. The seeds have been procured from Karnatka Seeds Corporation, National Seeds Corporation, Karnataka Oil Seeds Development Corporation apart from private agencies, according to sources in Agriculture Department.

The Department is in contact with the representatives of all the agencies which have supplied seeds with a view to ensure supply of requisite quantity of sowing seeds on time. According to an estimate, the district requires seeds - 1,520 quintals of paddy, 1,470 quintals of ragi, 4,185 quintals of hybrid jowar, 335 quintals of toor, 9,600 of groundnut and 142 quintals of sunflower seeds. Joint Director of Agriculture Department Nataraj said that adequate measures have been taken to preempt any shortage of sowing seeds at a later date.

Steps have been taken to distribute seeds at 50 pc rebate at all the 26 Raitha Samparka Kendras in the district from the first week of June, he informed.

Fertilisers

Arrangements have been made to ensure availability of a total of 34,850 metric tonnes of fertilisers in the district. The quantity includes 14,420 MT of Urea, 6,225 MT of DAP, 4,575 MT of OAP and 4,575 MT of NPK fertilisers, for the present sowing season.
Out of the projected requirement, 8,854 metric tonnes of fertilisers have already been supplied and 8,270 MT fertilisers will be supplied in the month of June, Nataraj said.

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