Situation in Marathwada, western Vidarbha grim

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 5 August 2017

Pune: As per the report released by Agricultural Department, the cultivation of rain-fed crops has been completed in over 94 per cent total area planted during this season.

However, as dry spell has been reported in parts of Marathwada and western Vidarbha, Agriculture Commissioner Sunil Kendre told Sakal Times that if it does not rain for another week, then the situation in these areas is likely to become worse.

So far, 131.03 lakh hectares have been planted under different crops.

Pune: As per the report released by Agricultural Department, the cultivation of rain-fed crops has been completed in over 94 per cent total area planted during this season.

However, as dry spell has been reported in parts of Marathwada and western Vidarbha, Agriculture Commissioner Sunil Kendre told Sakal Times that if it does not rain for another week, then the situation in these areas is likely to become worse.

So far, 131.03 lakh hectares have been planted under different crops.

Further, the numbers show a deficit in planting for all crops such as rice, pulses, coarse grains, sugarcane and cotton, oilseeds.

Out of 355 talukas in the Maharashtra, 35 talukas received 25 to 50 per cent rain. In 125 talukas, 50 to 75 per cent rain was reported while in 112 talukas, 75 to 100 per cent rain was reported. In 83 talukas, more than 100 per cent rain was reported.

According to the Agricultural Department’s report, in Aurangabad division at places like Paithan, Gangapur, Vaijapur, Beed and Jalna, the crop growth has been hampered due to less rainfall.

In Latur division, in Parbhani district, crop growth reportedly received damages. At places like Akot, Balapur in Akola District, Malegaon, Manora, in Washim, Amravati, and Wani Taluka in Yavatmal district, there was hampering of growth due to lack of rain.

Sowing of Kharif crops begins in June. During the Kharif season, farmers typically farm around 135 lakh hectares.

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