Pre-monsoon showers prompt farmers to plant in Dharwad | Hubballi News

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Dharwad: Along with several other districts of Karnataka, Dharwad received heavy rains in May, a precursor to the monsoon. The abundant rains the district received before the onset of the monsoon prompted plantings for the kharif crop. While the agriculture department has set a target of planting kharif crop on 2.72 lakh hectares, farmers in Dharwad are close to achieving the target, having completed planting on 2.34 lakh hectares. hectares. Most farmers mainly planted green beans in their fields.
Unlike 2022, rainfall in May of previous years was below the normal amount the district is expected to receive. Undeterred by the lack of rain in the pre-monsoon season, farmers continued to plant. Unfortunately, heavy downpours during the last leg of the monsoon season resulted in massive losses, while others lost their harvest due to untimely downpours.
Despite the huge fluctuation in the rainfall quota the district has received in the month of May over the past five years, the heavy downpours that hit the district ahead of the monsoon have prompted farmers to continue planting. In fact, farmers don’t seem too worried about the lack of adequate rainfall in June and, hoping for the monsoon to turn brisk in July, are moving ahead quickly. While Dharwad district received 269.7mm of rainfall between 1 January and 31 May – 15% more than its normal quota for the period – it only received 89.2mm in June, a 18% deficit. According to data from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center (KSNDMCComment).
Experts from the agro-meteorological service of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, pointed out that while deficit rainfall could have a debilitating effect on crops in the southern part of the state, crops traditionally grown in northern Karnataka would not suffer as much. Additionally, farmers can expect good news, with light showers reported in the district on Friday.
The monsoon is not yet fully active in the district, but farmers can expect more rain after the first week of July, experts said.
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