Late rains save kharif crop in Telangana

Ample rains last week saved the kharif crop in Telangana. The rains came at a critical time, as a  dry season in August threatened to damage crops. However, delayed rains have resulted in the state falling short of its rice and cotton targets. According to the latest data, farmers planted 24,000 hectares (lh) of rice, compared to 25,000 hectares last year. Considering the demand for stable crops, the state government has targeted 26 lh.  Similarly, the state wanted to cover  20 lh cotton area. However, it has only managed to reach 18 lh so far, which is about 1.61 lh less than the current 20 lh of last year. The total sown area of ​​the country so far is 48.50 lh against the normal  50.18 lh. Our concern is the area below Nagarjunasagar. The Krishna basin region is water starved. Fortunately,  last week’s heavy rains also helped farmers in this state save their crops, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) president S Malla Reddy told Business Line. A senior state government official echoes a similar view. “Apart from this zone, the condition of crops in the state is satisfactory”.  In Nagarjunasagar, a lifeline for farmers spread over several thousand acres, the water level was 524 feet. At the same time last year, the water level was 589 feet. Maize and red gram reported lack of coverage this year. If maize was sown  2.16 lh (2.50 lh), then red gram was sown  1.88 lh (2.25 lh). However, the Ministry of Agriculture hopes that these two crops will recover the lost areas in the coming weeks. 

 Financial problems 

 Farmers are more concerned about insufficient financial support. “When the state government delayed  payments under the loan waiver, banks refused to give loans to farmers. Therefore, they are forced to approach private moneylenders with a higher interest rate”.

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