By admin       2018-08-09

Cotton growers in Saurashtra and North Gujarat — two key cotton growing regions in the State — have raised an alarm with most of the districts facing deficient rains in the range of 62-88 per cent of the normal rainfall. The scenario last year around the same time was completely different with most of the North Gujarat districts witnessing heavy rains.Gujarat had received 662 mm rainfall (or 82 per cent of normal) till August 8 last year, while till Wednesday rainfall stood at 454 mm (or 55 per cent) of the season’s normal 831 mm.“Farmers have not given up hope, but even if it rains now, already about 40 per cent of the season is lost. Delayed rainfall will only brighten prospects for the rabi crop. It won’t help much for kharif,” said Ramesh Bhorania, a farm expert from Rajkot. “There will be a big loss in the cotton crop if it doesn’t rain within a week. There are fears of a lower yield even in other places,” he added.

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