Rains bring cheer to farmers

Rains bring cheer to farmers
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Particularly, the rains poured in the mandals where the groundnut crop was taken up extensively, proving immensely beneficial to the farmers as it would help resurrect the crops that were withering.

Tirupati: The moderate to heavy rains experienced on Tuesday and Wednesday in 30 mandals in Chittoor district rekindled the hopes of the farmers, who were almost given up their hopes on their groundnut crop. In all, the district registered a total rainfall of 1,098 mm and the average rainfall recorded at 8 am on Wednesday was 16.6 mm.

Particularly, the rains poured in the mandals where the groundnut crop was taken up extensively, proving immensely beneficial to the farmers as it would help resurrect the crops that were withering.

According to officials sources, Ramakuppam in Kuppam Assembly constituency registered highest rainfall of 88 mm while other mandals in Madanapalle division received moderate to good rain.

The groundnut crop was sown in an area of about 80,000 acres in Madanapalle division. Another 10 to 12 mandals in Chittoor and Tirupati division including Chandragiri (32 mm), RC Puram (24 mm), Tirupati rural (45 mm), Yerravaripalem (49 mm) Narayanavanam (50 mm) and Karvetinagar and others mandals too received rains.

It may be recalled that the timely rains in June last week and in July this year induced the farmers sowing groundnut crops, which is the main crop for the kharif season in Chittoor district. According to official sources, the groundnut crop was sown in 1.26 lakh hectares more than the normal crop area due to rains in June and July.

But, the district was hit by continuous dry spell in August when the water was direly required for the groundnut sown in June and July to have a good yield. As the dry spell continued, the farmers were almost lost their hopes on the crop. The government started taking up measures like pressing the rain guns to save the withering crops, on war foot basis.

IAS officers were appointed as special officers for each constituency and Ministers were deputed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, including P Narayana, Sidda Raghava Rao, N China Rajappa and others, who were virtually camping in the district, since three days monitoring and gearing up the crop saving measures, aimed to covering about 18,000 hectares through rain gun system, against the target of 30,000 hectares.

However, the natural rain would be more advantageous as they would be more effective in reviving favourable soil conditions than the artificial (rain gun) watering, said Murali Krishna, senior scientist at Regional Agriculture Research Station (RARS) here. The scientist said that even if there is no rain for another two weeks, the crop would survive with rains received in most of the mandals in the district.

The groundnut crop sown in June and July is now in pod development and pod filling stage and would be ready for harvest by the end of September,” he explained. The officials were virtually caught between the ruling politicians and the affected farmers.

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