Farmers worried over delay in rain
While most parts across the country are witnessing moderate rains, except at a few pockets, Andhra Pradesh is not witnessing many good showers.
Visakhapatnam: While most parts across the country are witnessing moderate rains, except at a few pockets, Andhra Pradesh is not witnessing many good showers.
Though the monsoon was spread over both Rayalaseema and coastal regions in the first week of June, there have been no widespread rains at majority places in the State. The farmers, who are eagerly awaiting the southwest monsoon rains are looking at sky and taking long breath.
The weathermen are not attributing any specific reasons for the delay in monsoon rains. However, the scientists are predicting that good rains will be witnessed during the season.
Meanwhile, the farmers are disappointed over the delay in rains. In fact, the farmers are supposed to complete the ploughing of fields during the first spell of monsoon rains. “There is a good kick-start of monsoon rains in the first week of June, but there is no continuity.
Though favourable conditions are prevailing, there are no good rains. There is no specific reason. There is rainfall but not widespread at all places,” one of the scientists of IMD said. In the north coastal districts, over four lakh acres of paddy will be cultivated in the kharif season.
The farmers, with the spread of cool winds at the right time during the current season, hoped that the rains will also arrive on time and started arrangements for cultivation during the kharif season.
"There were good rains in the June. However, as the soil dried up in the long summer, the first spell of rains is not sufficient for ploughing fields. Though the sky is full of clouds, there have been no widespread rains so far. If, there is no change in the climate by end of this month there are no hopes on kharif.
If we start the works in August, the harvesting stage will be November/December, the period known to be the cyclone season. For the past five years, the farmers almost in all the areas in the north coastal districts lost crop due to cyclones and unwanted heavy rains," D Appalanaidu, a four-acre farmer of Yelamanchili lamented.
By VKL Gayatri