Delay in monsoon worries farmers in Kodagu

Usually, the district used to get heavy rains from June 15

Usually it used to rain heavily by June 15 and the farmers used to get the paddy saplings ready for planting. But unfortunately, rains have not lashed the way it usually does, this year.

Though Kodagu received good rainfall once or twice, it is due to the affect of cyclone that it did not receive the rainfall, which usually lashes over the district. As a result there is scorching heat, wiping off even the feeling of rainy season.

The failure of monsoon will have adverse affect on paddy, which is the principle crop of the district. The district targets to grow paddy over 35,000 hectares this year but farmers have failed to get the saplings ready for planting due to the delay in monsoon.

Jowar has been sown in Somwarpet while Madikeri and Virajpet still remain loyal to paddy crops. Farmers say that the length of paddy grass will be shortened due to delay in monsoon.

Farmers in kodagu have already drifted towards growing ginger for better profit. Since most of the paddy fields are now being used for cultivation of paddy, the fertility of the land will be reduced.

Further since the paddy cultivation has reduced, the cost of rice is increased year after year.
All in all the district which once used to cultivate paddy in large areas, this year has been left in dire straits, again upholding the famous phrase that ‘Indian agriculture is gamble with monsoon’.

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