BARIPADA: Agricultural activities during the current Kharif season have been affected in Mayurbhanj district due to erratic rainfall. Even though farmers have started to prepare their farmland using modern equipment such as tillers, they are worried about insufficient rainfall over the past month and a half.
In areas where there are no irrigation facilities, farmers worry about whether their rice seedlings will survive because the land is still not moist enough.
The situation is similar in areas where irrigation water is supplied by canals.
Most of the district’s canals are almost dry. Ananta Singh, a farmer in Laxmipur village under the Shyamakhunta block, said he had completed 50% of farming operations by mid-July last year, but had not even started this year. to transplant young trees because of a water deficit.
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Sources from the district emergency department said Mayurbhanj’s 26 blocks received adequate rainfall in May, but was insufficient from June to mid-July.
The district received 176.43 mm of precipitation compared to the normal average of 265 mm in June, a deficit of at least 88.57 mm.
Until mid-July, only 90.35mm of rain has been received and the normal average is 337.03mm.
Official sources said about 70 percent of farmers depend on rainfall during the kharif season despite the availability of irrigation facilities. Deputy director of agriculture Mayurbhanj Damodar Sethi said the district has received less rainfall in the past two weeks.
He said that if it didn’t rain within a week, the rice seedlings, which have already turned brown, will be damaged. Sethi said agricultural activities have accelerated in some low-lying areas of the district.
The Department of Agriculture has set a target of covering 4,37,000 hectares of land across the Kharif cultivated district for various crops, of which 1,58,891 hectares are irrigated and 2,78,109 hectares are rainfed.
It is planned to grow a high-yielding variety and local paddy on approximately 2,92,000 hectares of land.