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Crucial operations for the Kharif paddy cultivation like transplanting and beushaning (blind cultivation) have come to a standstill in Balangir district due to the lack of rainfall since the first week of August. There is a threat of drought here.
Most agricultural lands in the district are upland where paddy is sown by the broadcasting method. Agriculture official sources said that broadcasting of paddy cultivation has been taken up in 1,01,100 hectare of land. However, shortage of rainfall has affected beushaning.
Similarly, in Bahal (low land), transplanting has to be taken up in 77,000 hectares of land, but the absence of rain has affected the operation. The transplanting process has been completed only in 60 per cent of the Bahal land.
A few days ago, Bongomunda and Titilagarh blocks received good rain. However, there has been no rainfall in Patnagarh and Balangir blocks, said an agriculture official. Unless there is rainfall within the next seven days, the crop situation, first of all, in uplands would be really precarious. As such, 30 per cent of upland has not been covered at all, he pointed out.
If the prolonged dry spell continues, it may result in drought, said the agriculture official. As farmers point out, in previous years they used to complete all operations, including transplanting and beushaning by Shravan Purnima as there was hardly any problem of rain. The number of continuous rainy days, locally known as Jhadi Barsha, is absent this year.
There seems to be a drought-like situation. The district administration should prepare contingency plans for this, said president of the Zilla Krushak Mahasnagh Sudhir Parischha.
With the monsoon playing hide-and-seek, farmers are worried to save their crops while a few of them expect formation of low pressure to end the dry spell.
t’s common to find farmers sowing seeds of various crops in order to meet our food requirements, which ultimately leaves the soil dry and barren.
But the pulse crop, moong or green gram takes care of human beings, animals as well as mother earth. It provides natural proteins and other vital minerals which are easily digested and absorbed. Its parts are also used as cattle feed. Cultivation of this crop improves soil health as its roots contain Rhizobium nodules which fix nitrogen in the soil. Although moong dal is a part of common man’s diet and cultivated in large areas of Balangir district, its productivity has been abysmally low.
According to official sources, cultivation of pulses was taken up in 70,835 hectares in the kharif season in 2008 which rose to 74,733 hectares in 2009. We have planned to cultivate 76,000 hectares during the Kharif season this year, informed an official.
Moong or green gram cultivation was taken up in 36,185 hectares of land in 2008, which rose to 38,750 hectares in 2009. We have planned to cultivate 39,000 hectares during the Kharif season this year, he added. However, even as moong cultivation is taken up in many areas of the district, the production has been quite low. Thanks to less use of fertilizer, cultivation in marginal land and absence of improved practices.
To boost moong production in the district, a special drive under the Accelerated Pulse Production Programme (APPP) has been taken up in 2,000 hectares of Agalpur and Balangir blocks where farmers would be provided with critical inputs besides seeds of improved variety, informed an official. Besides increasing the production, this crop is going to enhance the soil fertility of the cultivated land while providing nutrition items at the doorstep simultaneously, added an official here.