The Hindu Business Line

Co­pi­ous rains plug deficit in Te­lan­gana

- Suryapet

In­ces­sant and well-spread rains over the last two weeks have helped Te­lan­gana re­gain the lost ground in kharif sow­ings. Though some crops still show deficit in sow­ing, of­fi­cials are con­fi­dent that the net area sown would be nor­mal, as the cov­er­age of rain­fall was spread well across the state.

Aver­age rain­fall fig­ures, which were well be­low nor­mal lev­els in the last few weeks, have seen a turnaround. At 429 mm as on date, the rain­fall has reached the nor­mal level, leav­ing only two dis­tricts, Nal­go­nda and Suryapet, in the deficit range. While 26 of the 33 dis­tricts are now in the nor­mal range, five dis­tricts re­ceived ex­cess rain­fall. Paddy sow­ing still lagged with a sown area of 4.39 lakh hectares as against the nor­mal as-on-date sown area of 5.94 lakh hectares. Maize is sown in 3.44 lakh hectares as against the aver­age as-on-date sown area of 4.31 lakh hectares. Cot­ton, soy­abean and red­gram have reached the aver­age sown area lev­els. Cot­ton is cur­rently sown in an ex­tent of 17 lakh hectares.

“We are yet to re­ceive the lat­est data on sow­ing. With co­pi­ous rain­fall re­ported across the State, we are con­fi­dent of achiev­ing the nor­mal sown area in all crops this sea­son,” an of­fi­cial of the Agri­cul­ture de­part­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­ports, in this sea­son, the to­tal sown area in the state is 32.47 lakh hectares, which is 75 per cent of the to­tal of 43.34 lakh hectares of the sea­son.

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