Weak monsoon leaves farmers of Mysuru district worried

Dist suffered 36.2 mm rain deficit in June, Nanjangud worst hit

Farmers in the drought-hit Mysuru district are worried about their future as the monsoon appears to have failed yet again.

Due to scanty rains, farmers predict that they might suffer huge losses as a majority of them have already completed sowing. Though the district received more than normal pre-monsoon rains, it has suffered 36.2 mm deficit in the month of June.

All the seven taluks in the district have suffered more than 50% shortage of rainfall this monsoon. While Nanjangud taluk has suffered 77% shortage of rain from June 1 to 20, Mysuru has a deficit of 56%, T Narasipur 55%, HD Kote and K R Nagar 53% and Periyapatna 51% shortage.

According to sources in the Agriculture department, a majority of the farmers have cultivated urad dal. Similarly, maize has been sown on 32,542 hectares, cotton on 46,743 hectares, jowar 5,481 hectares, ragi 2,677 hectares, cowpea 30,991 hectares, green gram 6,724 hectares, other pulses on 13,117 hectares and tobacco on 70,807 hectares.

The district is supposed to receive 61.9 mm of rain till mid-June but with only 25.7 mm this time, the district is facing a shortage of 36.2 mm. The district however, has received more rain than normal in the pre-monsoon season. Though some farmers prepared their land for sowing after it rained in May and June, they are waiting for a good spell of rain to start sowing.

Chandru, a farmer from Bilikere in Hunsur taluk said that he has prepared to grow cowpea but is waiting for more rain. “I have completed sowing on one acre of the total three acres of my lands. I am waiting for rains to take up further cultivation,” he said.

According to C Govindaraju, Station Nodal Officer, Organic Farming Research Station, Naganahalli, cloudy sky and light rainfall is expected till June 28 in the district. The day temperature is expected to be 30 degrees and night temperature 20 degrees. The relative humidity in the morning hours is expected to be 85-92% and afternoon relative humidity is expected to be in the range of 54 to 68%. Wind speed is expected to be 10-12 kilo meter per hour. The authorities predict 16 mm of rainfall till June 28 in the district.

Wilt disease hits brinjal

The authorities said that they have noticed wilt disease in brinjal crop and have suggested that farmers uproot the affected plants and spray ‘carbon oxychloride’ with 500 gram streptomycin sulphate per litre of water. For horticultural crops, the farmers have been recommended to spray two doses of chemical fertilisers and cover the plant with residues.

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