Udupi, July 30, 2019: According to officials from Agriculture Department, over 50% of paddy transplantation has been completed in Udupi district amid deficit rainfall; paddy transplantation can be taken up till the second week of August.
According to Agriculture Department joint director, the target for paddy cultivation during the Kharif season is 36,000 hectares. Of this, paddy transplantation has been completed on 19,765 hectares.
Monsoon delay : Udupi district should have received normal average of 2,064 mm rainfall by mid-July. Owing to a delay in the arrival of monsoon and also due to deficit rainfall, the district received only 1,283 mm rainfall in the last two months.
The expected transplantation of paddy seedlings or sowing of seeds had not taken place due to deficit rainfall, said officials.
Farmers in Kundapur taluk have completed transplantation on 9,525 hectares. Transplantation of paddy seedlings and sowing of seeds have been completed on 2,560 hectares in Karkala taluk and on 7,680 hectares in Udupi taluk.
In the year 2018, Udupi district received 2,512.13 mm rainfall, in June and July. In 2019, however, the district had received 1,283 mm rainfall.
Failure of pre-monsoon showers had also affected the paddy cultivation.
The normal pre-monsoon shower in Udupi district from January to May-end is 201.60 mm. In 2018, the district had received 433.37 mm during the period.