Monsoon deficit hits paddy transplantation in Odisha

July 24th, 2012 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 24 (IANS) Paddy transplantation could not be taken up so far in about fifty percent of the target area of 1.2 million hectares in Odisha due to weak monsoon rains, a state government official said here Tuesday.

The state authorities had targeted four million hectares of area under Kharif paddy cultivation this season. While direct sowing has been almost complete, the transplantation could not be taken up in many areas, a senior agriculture department official told IANS.

Odisha received a total of 393.9 mm rainfall till Tuesday against the average of 472.2 mm for this time of the season. The state may witness widespread rains in the next two-three days, the weather office here said, hoping this would further reduce the deficit.

Odisha contributes about a tenth of India’s total rice production. A good monsoon is crucial for the state which has about 73 percent of its work force engaged in the agriculture sector. Monsoon normally reaches the state by June 10. However, this year, it was delayed by a week.

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