Berhampur, June 22 (LocalWire): A good spell of rain in the past two days has brought a smile on the faces of farmers in Ganjam with the spell enabling them to kick off agricultural operation in the district.
Overall the district recorded an average 33.78 mm rainfall across all blocks yesterday.
“The much-awaited rain will be a great help to the farmers who can now start sowing and transplantation of paddy,” Ganjam district deputy director agriculture (DDA) Manoj Kumar Behera said adding that the rain was not too late for sowing.
The agriculture operation, which usually starts just before the Raja festival in the district was delayed due to less rainfall.
While the district administration has set a target of 2.10 lakh hectares of paddy cultivation during this Kharif season as against 2.08 lakh hectares last year, it also aims to increase productivity from 38 quintals to 40 quintals per acres this year.
Farmers’ organizations, however, fear that the agriculture in this season might get severely affected due to a shortage of seeds and fertilizers.
“Farmers in several areas in the region urgently need short-duration paddy seeds but there is no stock of such seeds in the district,” alleged Simanchal Nahak of Rushikulya Raita Mahasabha.
Behera, however, informed that around 40,000 quintal seeds of different varieties have already been disbursed to the farmers through different selling points, including primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACS).
“We are expecting more stock of seeds soon,” he said, adding that the state-owned seed corporation is in the process of procuring more seeds from different agencies, including the National Seed Corporation (NSC) to tide over the shortage.