With south districts receiving deficient rainfall,the state government has sought a contingency plan from the Centre by providing high-yielding variety seeds of maize,pulses and cereals so that these crops could be grown here besides wheat.
A meeting on the Centres ambitious scheme Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) was held in the city today with agricultural officials of seven states. including Bengal,Bihar,Odisha,Assam,Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and eastern UP.
Senior officials of the agriculture department said that between June 1 and July 4,districts like Burdwan,Hooghly,24 Parganas (north and south),Kolkata,Midnapore (west and east),Nadia,Bankura and Purulia remained rain-deficit. The deficit during the period ranged from 27 per cent to as much as 61 per cent when transplanting could not be done.
Director,state agriculture department,P Bhattacharya said that deficient and erratic rainfall have adversely affected the wheat crop and,therefore,requested the Centre to provide seeds of high-yielding varieties of maize,pulses and cereals that can be grown in the monsoon season. The state seed corporation will speak with the National seed corporation so that procurement can be done immediately.