Friday, June 22, 2012

Rains hit seed broadcasting

 Bhubaneswar Rains hit seed broadcasting
FRIDAY, 22 JUNE 2012 22:28
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Incessant rains over the last three days due to low pressure have affected agricultural operations here.
Paddy is the major crop of the district and  farmers prepare their lands prior to the onset of monsoon. By Raja Sankarnti, a light rain usually occurs. After that farmers usually plough the land and start dry seed broadcasting, which is locally called Khardi Buna.
However, this year, due to more rains than required, Khardi Buna has been affected as the soil has gone muddy.
“If paddy seed is sown in the condition the soil is in, it would not germinate properly,” a farmer said. He informed that unsuitable soil condition has also delayed the sowing of Gurjee, which usually takes place after Kharddi Buna.
“This year, we have received more rainfall than we required by this time. There should be a little dry spell now. Sowing of paddy seeds in standing water would be difficult. While the uplands water is likely to recede within three to four days”, said an agriculture official.

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