Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rainfall trend and impact on farmers ?!

The monsoon rains have arrived, but farmers have concerns in parts of Andhra Pradesh State, India, that is because of the following reasons:

The IMD has declared that this year monsoons would arrive earlier than normal time, the farmers have gone for seeding immediately after the first showers, with more confidence.

There is a gap of 10 to 12 days now after the seeding has been done. During this period some parts experienced hot days, which resulted in spoiling of the seed ("like boiling of the seed" the term used by the farmers). About 25% to 50% of the seed is already lost, due to the above affect and non-continuity of a considerable shower in the last 10 to 12 days.

Farmers are worried if the rains does not fall in the next few days, there would be major losses.

Some farmers have contingency plans to re-sow in place of spoilt seeds and if required they would also plough the field again and sow.

Some farmers have also resorted to rituals with frogs and poojas for good rains.

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