Karimnagar: There has been a surge in cultivation of paddy in Karimnagar district. A significant growth has been recorded in cultivation of paddy in the district during the last few years.
The crop, which was cultivated in 24,847 hectares in 2015, was grown in 54,615 hectares in 2018. For the ongoing kharif, 41,118 hectares is the target and 85 per cent of the area is already under cultivation, thanks to the State government’s flagship programme Mission Kakatiya aimed at rejuvenating all village tanks and subsequent recharge of groundwater table.
Besides adequate water in borewells and agriculture wells, good yield and remunerative prices in the market have been encouraging the farmers to go for paddy cultivation.
Farmers are able to produce 25 to 28 quintals normal variety and 22 to 24 quintals of fine variety paddy in an acre of land by spending about Rs 20,000. Except in 2017, farmers are getting good yield every year. Last year, 34.13 lakh quintals of paddy was produced in the district.
As a result, the cultivation was enhanced to 1,36,530 acres in 2018 from 65,867 acres in 2015. In 2016, the crop was cultivated in 82,712 acres and 1,16,775 acres in 2017.
Though the agriculture officials have estimated the crop to be sowed in 1,02,795 acres, paddy was cultivated in 87,552 acres so far. Sowing of the crop was delayed due to lack of rains in the beginning of the season. It picked up momentum with rain lashing the district since the end of July.
Speaking to Telangana Today, a farmer Penchala Srinivas said that paddy was a more profitable crop if adequate water was available in wells and borewells.
A native of Gattududdenapalli of Manakondur mandal, Srinivas owns five acres of land. He had not sowed crop till the end of July since there was no water in the well.
Since there is huge demand for the crop in the market, he cultivates paddy every year, said another farmer Kothi Shankar.
Besides a tank, two ponds were there in and around the village but there was no water in three water bodies till recent past, he said and farmers began cultivation as ground water table got recharged following the recent rains.