Agriculture department gears up for kharif
Krishna district agriculture department is gearing up for kharif season which begins next month. Agriculture is the most important source of livelihood to the lakhs of people in Krishna district. Krishna Delta is well known for producing paddy and other crops in kharif season.
Vijayawada: Krishna district agriculture department is gearing up for kharif season which begins next month. Agriculture is the most important source of livelihood to the lakhs of people in Krishna district. Krishna Delta is well known for producing paddy and other crops in kharif season.
- Targeted crop area is 3.5 lakh hectares in Krishna district
- Paddy is the most important crop with cultivated area of 2.35 lakh hectares
- Cotton to be cultivated in 45,000 hectares
- Seeds to be supplied on subsidy rates to farmers
The agriculture department officials collected information from the ground-level in the villages and mandals and are doing necessary arrangements to supply seeds, urea and fertilisers required for kharif season.The agriculture department had set the target area of 3.50 lakh hectares in the district this kharif season.
Paddy will be cultivated in 2.35 lakh hectares followed by cotton in 45,000 hectares, maize in 5,050 hectares, sugar cane in 14,700 hectares, pulses in 6,700 hectares and groundnut in 1,350 hectares. Farmers are eagerly waiting for the early arrival of monsoon this year. The total crop area last year was 3.20 lakh hectares and now it is increased to 3.50 lakh hectares. Farmers are also in a jubilated mood since the average paddy output per acre was 30 to 34 bags in the district last year.
Besides, nature was also very good last year as there is no cyclones or heavy rains in the crucial period in October and November which is the peak time for cultivation. Pattiseema lift irrigation water saved the withering crops last year. Moreover, the SPDCL was also supplied adequate power to use the borewell water to save the crops. Joint director of agriculture department U Narsimha Rao told The Hans India that the agriculture department is fully prepared to supply seeds to the farmers on subsidy prices.
He said mandal- level officials collected the details from the farmers on the requirement of seeds, urea, fertilisers and other assistance.He said soil tests were conducted to give information to the farmers about the quality of soil and how much output can be made in this season. He said Aadhaar-based enabled system is used to supply seeds and check the irregularities in the distribution. The district administration also made arrangements for the sanctioning of crop loans to the farmers.
By Md Ameen