22 districts in Uttar Pradesh still await ‘sufficient’ rain for sowing paddy
The agriculture department’s recent report on rainfall status indicates between June 1 and July 10 this year, the state has received 189.8 mm rainfall which is 102.2% of the 185.6 mm normal rain. However, around two dozen districts are yet to receive adequate monsoon.lucknow Updated: Jul 13, 2017 15:40 IST
The average rainfall in Uttar Pradesh is already more than normal after three consecutive parched years thus bringing a smile on the faces of farmers. However, around two dozen districts are yet to receive adequate monsoon and farmers there are anxiously waiting for rain gods to smile so that they can begin sowing paddy.
The agriculture department’s recent report on rainfall status indicates between June 1 and July 10 this year, the state has received 189.8 mm rainfall which is 102.2% of the 185.6 mm normal rain. The state had received 90.8% of normal rainfall during the corresponding period previous year.
It further revealed that 23 out of the total 75 districts in UP have already received excess rainfall (above 120%) of the normal whereas 30 have been blessed with normal rainfall (80%-120%) of normal rains.
However, 16 districts have received deficient (60%-80%) rains. These districts are Mahoba, Hammerpur, Mirzapur, Jalaun, Kushi Nagar, Siddharthnagar, Rae Bareli, Hapur, Shahjahanpur, Balrampur, Deoria, Amethi, Agra, GB Nagar, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.
Worse still, three districts Rampur, Jaunpur and Ghaziabad received highly deficient rains (40%-60%) and another three districts, Mau, Pilibhit and Sant Ravidas Nagar received scanty rains (40% below normal).
Virendra Singh, a farmer who runs a micro Kam Dhenu dairy at the outskirts of Ghaziabad, looked worried about low rainfall in the district. “We are waiting for adequate rainfall to start sowing paddy,” he told HT over phone.
Afzal Mohd of Jaipalpur village in Jaunpur district said, “It is raining but not generously and consequently many farmers who do not want to wait any longer are spending on alternative means of irrigation to plant paddy.”
Economically region-wise, it is seen the eastern and Bundelkhand regions have received least rainfall so far at 160.1 mm and 207.9mm which is 98.5% and 92.9% of the normal rains, respectively. The Central region, on the other hand, has received maximum rains of 206.3 mm followed by 174.1 mm in the western zone. These two zones have received 117.6% and 113.2% of the normal rainfall upto July 10.
Additional director, Rajesh Gupta said there might be some lopsided distribution of rainfall. “But overall, rainfall has been very good and will benefit the Kharif crops,” he said, adding, “Moreover, the rain deficit, if any, in a district is likely to be made up for as monsoon lasts till September.”