Timely monsoon cheers farmers

Timely monsoon cheers farmers
Highlights

Farmers in Krishna and Guntur districts heaved a sigh of relief on early arrival of monsoon this year. So far, many mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts recorded rains in the first week of June raising hopes of good rainfall this season.

Vijayawada: Farmers in Krishna and Guntur districts heaved a sigh of relief on early arrival of monsoon this year. So far, many mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts recorded rains in the first week of June raising hopes of good rainfall this season.

Heavy rains and gales lashed many parts of the two districts in the first week uprooting trees and disrupting power supply. The rains are useful to the farming community who are eagerly waiting for the end of the summer and beginning of the rainy season.

Highlights:

  • As predicted by the meteorological department officials, the monsoon may reach the delta region in Krishna and Guntur districts in two or three days
  • Luckily, even before the arrival of monsoon, many mandals recorded rains giving a relief to the peasants
  • Paddy is the most important crop in Krishna district with normal cultivated area of 2.35 lakh hectares

As predicted by the meteorological department officials, the monsoon may reach the delta region in Krishna and Guntur districts in two or three days. Luckily, even before the arrival of monsoon, many mandals recorded rains giving a relief to the peasants.

Paddy is the most important crop in Krishnan district with normal cultivated area of 2.35 lakh hectares. Paddy needs more water compared to the other crops. Paddy farmers last year faced many problems in the beginning of of the last kharif season. Luckily, due to arrival of Pattiseema waters, many farmers in downstream of the Prakasam Barrage successfully completed the season and harvesting.

Besides, the SPDCL also supplied adequate power to extract the bore water for the wetting of the paddy crop in the last stage.All these factors have saved the paddy farmers.This year too, the farmers and the government officials are optimistic about cultivation of paddy, cotton, maize and pulses in this kharif season and getting good output.

Joint director of agriculture department Krishna district U Narsimha Rao said that the agriculture department has collected data of the crops to be cultivated in the district and making arrangements to ensure supply of seeds, fertilisers as per the needs.

Interestingly, the crop area may increase in this kharif season from 3.20 lakh hectares to 3.50 lakh hectares in Krishna district as the irrigation department can supply waters from both Krishna and Godavari rivers due to Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project.

The government is asking the bankers to ensure sanction of crop loans to the farmers so that the latter should not depend on the private money lenders.R Venkata Reddy, a paddy farmer in Nunna, said that he was delighted to witness rains two days in the first week of June this season. He reminded that the farmers faced many problems during the last two seasons due to slow progress of monsoon and less rainfall.

The irrigation department officials are also planning to release water to the delta area in the second week of June.The Prakasam Barrage plays a vital role for the Krishna delta for the supply of irrigation water. Total ayacut area is 13 lakh acres in Krishna, Guntur districts and parts of Prakasam and West Godavari districts. If the monsoon is very active in the first month of June, farmers will be lucky enough to continue the cultivation in 13 lakh acres in Krishna delta area.

By Md Ameen

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