Monsoon yet to pick up,farmers lose hope

With the monsoon failing to pick up over the last couple of weeks,the hopes of farmers in the state for a good kharif season have taken a beating.

Written by Swatee Kher | Mumbai | Published: June 21, 2012 3:35:14 am

With the monsoon failing to pick up over the last couple of weeks,the hopes of farmers in the state for a good kharif season have taken a beating. They had been hoping for a gradual spread of the rainfall and a good beginning to the sowing season though the monsoon arrived in the state a few days late.

Agriculture Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the overall sowing and production would be affected if there is no rainfall in the next two days. “We are concerned about sowing at the moment; though with rains expected in a couple of days,the situation should improve.”

During the kharif season,cotton covers the maximum area in the state,followed by soyabean. Other crops cultivated during this season are rice,jowar and corn. A good crop during the kharif season is essential as farmers are still recovering from the drought. The minister said enough provision had been made for seeds and fertilisers for the season across the state.

As per the data available with the Agiculture department on Wednesday,only 2.24 lakh hectares of the total 132.34 lakh hectares have been sown until now. This amounts to two per cent of the total area under cultivation in the state. Cotton is sown in 1.43 hectares,rice 56,600 hectares,soyabean 11,000 hectares and jowar 4,200 hectares in the state.

There has been 68 per cent rainfall in June this year as compared to 109.6 per cent last year. Eight districts received less than 40 per cent rainfall,six districts 40-60 per cent,11 districts 60-80 per cent and only eight districts above 80 per cent. The average rainfall in June is 222.1 mm and till June 18,there has been 90.6 mm rainfall,which amounts to 40.8 per cent.

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