PUNE: The farmers from the talukas in the eastern parts of Pune, which include Daund, Shirur, Indapur, Baramati and Khed, have seen deficit rainfall this year. Many of them are now watching helplessly as their crops have begun drying up.
During the kharif season, out of the 2,30,830 hectares of agricultural land in Pune district, 1,55,807 hectares have seen cultivation, which means there has been 67 pc sowing this season. In the western parts of the district, the paddy crop is in growth phase due to good rainfall, but the eastern parts are yet to see sufficient rains. The bajra crop in the region had seen some relief, but the month-long gap in rains has started affecting the crop.
Due to late arrival of rains in June, urad and moong crops had already seen less cultivation. But wherever cultivated, the moong crop is in the flowering stage. The soybean crop, too, is in its middle phase and is spread over 18,000 hectares in Junnar, Bhor, Khed and Ambegaon. It is seeing leaf eating worm and other bugs infesting it.
The maize crop is also in the growth phase. The cotton crop in Daund, Baramati, Indapur and Shirur talukas is being cultivated over just 49 hectares as of yet. These crops, all in the growth phase, are being stunted due to lack of rains and are drying up or seeing bug attacks.