Hyderabad: Farmers have rolled up their sleeves and expedited the sowing of crops across the State, despite the Covid-19 pandemic gripping the nation. With an active monsoon, farm operations have been taken up in 85 per cent of the normal cultivating area of about 1.03 crore acres for Vaanakalam 2020 season, even as paddy nurseries are being raised under assured irrigation sources.
At the end of July, the farmers took up cultivation in about 88 lakh acres across the State against the normal cultivating area of 1.03 crore acres. This is about 23 per cent more than the last year’s sown area of 71.26 lakh acres during the corresponding period.
The officials attributed the huge growth in sown area to increased availability of water resources apart from the Rythu Bandhu incentive, free power supply and other incentives being provided by the State government. Considering the renewed interest among farmers, the authorities are expecting farm operations in about 1.25 crore acres during Vaanakalam 2020 season.
“Farmers took up agricultural activities as per the regulated farming proposed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. As a result, cotton became the major crop exceeding the normal cultivating area and registering 121 per cent growth in sown area. Similar phenomenon can be witnessed in terms of pulses and coarse grains,” the agriculture department authorites said.
Cotton cultivation was taken up in about 53.69 lakh acres till date against normal cultivating area of 44.5 lakh acres. Similarly, sowing of pulses completed in 92 per cent of normal sown area of 10.5 lakh acres against 9.73 lakh acres area under cultivation till date. Of this, red gram alone is being cultivated in about 8.14 lakh acres. Both red gram and cotton are in vegetative stage. Similarly, maize cultivation has come down drastically when compared to last year.
Against normal sown area of 11.76 lakh acres, maize cultivation has been taken up only in 1.75 lakh acres by July end. During the corresponding period last year, maize cultivation was taken up in about 8 lakh acres.
Meanwhile, the paddy cultivation has picked up pace. As against normal sown area of 27.25 lakh acres during Vaanakalam season, paddy cultivation has been taken up in about 16.55 lakh acres already. During the corresponding period last year, paddy sowing was completed in about 7 lakh acres only.
Officials said the paddy nursaries were being raised under assured irrigation sources and transplantation will be in full swing during next two weeks. They said all arrangements have been made to keep required quantities of various crop seeds and fertilisers available to the farmers during the monsoon season.
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