Berhampur, July 19 (LocalWire): Farmers in Ganjam district, here, now have a ray of hope; thanks to the much-awaited rain in the last two days, they can now kicks-start the agriculture operation for kharif crops.
“The situation in the district has improved with the recent rainfall.
This will not only help save plants of farmers who have already completed plantation, but also enable others to begin sowing,” deputy director agriculture Manoj Behera said.
He further informed that the department has advised the farmers to take up short-duration paddy that can harvest in 110-120 days.
“The short duration paddy seeds are available at the government depot,” he said.
Behera also informed that the district administration is targeting paddy cultivation in 2.10 lakh hectares during this kharif season.
“Over 40,000 hectares have been covered through direct sowing process so far,” he added.
Meanwhile, the district administration has reviewed the situation and asked the concerned departments to prepare for any contingency.
The farmers in the district were worried about the dry spell that had continued till July 16 and was threatening to create a drought-like situation.