Kendrapara, June 16 (LocalWire): Farm activity in Kendrapara district has picked up with the arrival of monsoons recently.
The rains occurring since the last five days have brought cheer to the farmers who were in despair due to the continuous dry spell.
They are now preparing for Kharif crop in the district.
Farmers of the district have proposed to irrigate around 1.23 lakh hectares in the current season.
Ashok Mahasuar, the Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO) said, “This rainfall would be beneficial for the paddy crop. The monsoon is crucial for agricultural operations.”
With the monsoon reaching several areas recently, people enjoyed cloudy weather at many places and farmers rejoiced at the arrival of monsoon in the nick of time.
Farmers who were apprehensive of irrigating their standing paddy saplings heaved a sigh of relief as rains came although a bit late, said Ramakant Jena, a farmer of Garadapur.
Erratic monsoon with scanty rainfall forces farmers to solely depend upon the canal water and groundwater for raising the paddy crop.
Experts say that the groundwater level has been constantly falling for the last ten years thereby increasing the expenses of farmers with respect to electricity, water and fuel requirements.
“With the timely arrival of the monsoons in June, the cost of irrigation would be reduced,” said Umesh Chandra Singh, the president of district Krusaka Sabha.
“Farmers have increased the area under cultivation. Besides, a lot of advantages have come along with the arrival of rains at the right time for the cultivation of paddy.
I have been able to cut upon the expenditure involved in water and fuel for irrigation pumps has been reduced to almost half.
As of now, we won’t require generators to irrigate our lands”, said Madan Mohan Jena, a farmer of Pattamundai.
“The arrival of monsoon at this time has certainly proved to be a boon as the level of groundwater has been constantly falling for the last ten years.
Besides, the rising pressure on electricity in paddy and jute cultivation will also decrease.
So, the rains have certainly proved good for the paddy crop cultivation.
The contemporary cropping pattern in the coastal district is dominated by paddy and jute cultivation, which cover the major portion of the gross cropped area, added the CDAO.