Warangal: With almost all parts of erstwhile Warangal district receiving good rainfall in the last one week, paddy transplantation has picked up pace for this Vanakalam season. “While paddy seedlings was raised for a total of 76,238 acres in 11 mandals of Warangal Urban district, transplantation has so far been completed in 15,422 acres in the district, which is around 20 per cent of the expected area,” said an official with the Joint Director of Agriculture (JDA) office in Warangal. Paddy transplantation started only a week ago in Warangal Rural district, he added.
While the total area expected to be transplanted for this Vanakalam in 16 mandals of Warangal Rural district is 75,767 acres, the operation has been carried out in 7,438 acres till July 20. Meanwhile, people are evincing the old method of Direct Seeded Paddy (DSP) cultivation. While 821 acres of the land was cultivated through this method in Warangal Urban district, 666 acres of land are cultivated under the DSP in the Warangal Rural district.
“Due to shortage of the labour for transplantation of the paddy, farmers are preferring the DSP in some areas,” said an official. M Adinarayana Reddy, a farmer from Nallabelli village of Warangal Rural district, said that farmers under the Pakhal Lake ayacut and the tanks in Warangal Rural district are delaying the transplantation though there was sufficient water in the irrigation tanks. “Earlier, we used to get water late. Due to this, farmers sow the paddy late,” he added.
While the normal area expected to cultivate in the Vanakalam-2021 is 14,04,138 acres in the six districts carved out of the erstwhile Warangal district, 49.5 per cent of the land has been cultivated, according to the data available with the Agriculture Department. Cotton, maize, redgram, greengram, soyabean, vegetable and other crops are cultivated in the erstwhile Warangal district.
The Warangal Urban district recorded a cumulative rainfall of 515.3 mm from June 1, 2021 till the date, which is said to be ‘large excess’. Jangaon and Mahabubad districts also recorded large excess rainfall, while Warangal Rural, Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Mulugu districts recorded ‘excess rainfall’ for this Vanakalam since June 1.
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