HUBLI: Good spells of pre-monsoon showers that lashed Dharwad district for over two weeks have brought a smile on the faces of farmers. The rains have also triggered hopes of a good monsoon this time, which played hide and seek in the past two to three years.
Agriculture officials are also giving favourable predictions about the monsoon, which they believe will arrive on time and sustain itself throughout the season.
"The district has received 162 mm rain till May 20 as against the normal 108.3 mm which was initially projected. Moreover, the predictions of the Indian Meteorological Department also suggest good monsoon this time," S M Gadag, Joint Director, Agriculture, Dharwad, said.
All areas of the district have received good rains and there is no cause for alarm, he said. This has been an extremely good beginning to the kharif season.
The department has a target of sowing in 2.076 lakh hectares. Currently, farmers are busy preparing their fields for sowing. Another two-three spells of rains will kick start sowing in the district. Soyabean, green gram, groundnut, jowar, cotton and maize are the main Kharif crops that will be grown in the district.
"Currently, impurities in the soil are being removed, as the process of soil testing has already begun. Our teams are visiting every village in the district to test the soil and recommend changes, if any," said Gadad.
He said the department has sufficient stock of seeds and fertilisers and all arrangements are in place to distribute it to the farmers. "We have a stock of 20,300 tonnes of fertilisers and 9,500 quintals of seeds. This is sufficient for the district. If required the department will supply more seeds and fertilisers," he added.
Government initiatives like the 'Bhoo-Chetana' programme, wherein micro-nutrients are added to the soil for better crop production are also underway.