District pins its hopes on remaining days of monsoon

With the winter, summer showers and South-West Monsoon having disappointed Coimbatore district with scant and deficient rainfall, now the district pins its hopes on the remaining 25 days of the North-East Monsoon.

When it came to the total rainfall received in mm over a period of one year, 2012, so far, seems to be the lowest with just 368.9 mm posting a – 46 per cent deficient rainfall. The highest rainfall in a year was during 2005, when the district recorded 941 mm and the lowest had been in 2002 when it was just 434.3 mm. Otherwise, the total rainfall in the district over an year had been in the range of 500 mm to 700-odd mm.

Though, the district had gone through a scanty and deficient rainfall all through, as far as agriculture was concerned, it was a “so far so good scenario”, as a majority of the farm activities were based on assured farming, i.e., irrigation with only a marginal area coming under rainfed cultivation.

The district accounted for 1.80 lakh hectares under cultivation with crops such as paddy, millet, maize, sugarcane, cotton, pulses and vegetables. Of the 1.80 lakh hectares, more than 80 lakh hectares accounted for standing crops such as coconuts under assured irrigation. But, crop coverage in the district had been quite normal, till date, officials pointed out.

Paddy was also under assured irrigation. Other crops such as millets, maize, vegetables, banana and sugarcane have a mixture of rainfed as well as assured farming through irrigation. Only those dependent on rain would face a setback.

Farmers irrigating about 30,000 to 35,000 hectares who are dependant on rain are likely to be either partially or fully hit.

Even that would largely depend on the rain during the remaining days before the monsoon exits.

Source: The Hindu
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