By admin       2017-07-26

KARIMNAGAR, JULY 25, 2017 - High price for produce tempting ryots: Farmers, who have distanced themselves from cultivating the cotton crop during the last khariff season following the government discouraging them, have decided to go in only for cotton crop as there was good remunerative price for the crop in the last season. Besides, the prevailing dry weather conditions were forcing the farmers to take up irrigated dry (ID) crop of cotton in this kharif season in the district. It is almost two months since the start of the monsoon season, but the district has not received any good rainfall so far. No inflows: Also, there were no inflows into the major irrigation projects. During the last season, minimum support price fixed by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) was Rs. 4,160 per quintal. But, owing to decline in area of cultivation and low production, the priced crossed Rs. 5,200 per quintal in all the marketyards. The high price was tempting farmers to go in for its cultivation, say agriculture officials. In Karimnagar district, against the normal area of cultivation on 1,10,529 hectares, so far the farmers have taken up cultivation on 82,998 hectares, which comes to 75.09% coverage of the area under cultivation. Cotton crop is being cultivated on 53,282 hectares against the normal area of 55,937 hectares, which is 95.25%. Last kharif, cotton was cultivated only on 49,140 hectares. Paddy cultivation: With no inflows into the irrigation projects and poor rainfall, paddy cultivation is likely to come down drastically during this kharif. Against the normal area of cultivation of paddy on 37,096 hectares, paddy was cultivated only on 18,257 hectares which is only 22% of normal area. It is expected that the area of cultivation of cotton is likely to cross even the normal area in the coming few days. “If all goes well it’s okay. But if the cotton price is reduced in the international market and if pests attack the crop, the situation would be horrible to the farming community, officials fear.

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