ROURKELA: After 70 mm of deficit rainfall in June, rain-fed Sundargarh district is all set to get excessive rainfall in July. The rainfall pattern, though, has been uneven.
In the last 16 days, the district received average rainfall of 331 mm against July’s normal rainfall requirement of 386.4 mm.
The excess rainfall will, however, not pose any threat to the farm land, said agriculture officials.
Till July 16, Sundargarh, Hemgir, Subdega and Gurundia blocks received 485 mm, 407 mm, 460 mm and 431 mm rainfall respectively which is higher than the month’s total requirement of 386.4 mm. Both Tangarpali and Lahunipara blocks got 394 mm followed by 374 mm, 341 mm, 314 mm and 311 mm received by Bargaon, Balishankara, Lefripara and Kutra blocks respectively.
Kuanrmunda, Nuagaon, Bisra, Lathikata and Bonai blocks got 230 mm to 293 mm, while Rajgangpur and Koida blocks respectively received 192 mm and 162 mm.
Sources said on July 11, the precipitation in Ib river catchment areas was very high as the rain gauge at Talsara dam site in Subdega block recorded 274 mm on a single day.
Executive Engineer of Medium-Irrigation Division Nirakar Bisi said due to heavy downpour, excess water had to be drained out from Talsara reservoir for six hours on July 11.
He said water level of Sarafgarh, Kansbahal and Pitamahal irrigation dams are at safe side and the four reservoirs together can meet irrigation need of about 12,000 hectares.
On July 11, Sundargarh block alone received about 278 mm, while nearby blocks of Tangarpali, Subdega and Balishankara witnessed 252 mm to 260 mm. Gushing rainwater also covered small patches of agriculture land with siltation at scattered locations, but total silted areas were within two hectares.
Deputy Director of Agriculture (DDA) KN Mohapatra said as the district has hilly terrains, water-logging will not be a problem. He said there is no threat to crops from moisture but equal distribution of rainfall would be beneficial for the farmers.