Contrary to the claims of the agriculture department, soil testing has not been done in the undivided Anantapur district for the last two years.
Though paddy cultivation has been on the rise for the past three consecutive years, the area under traditional cultivation through organic farming continues to decline.
In fact, agriculture marketing authorities had issued notices to officials concerned to take possession of the rain guns from the warehouses.
Even after 10 days since rains lashed the district, agricultural lands are yet to dry up as a result of which ripe paddy crops have started rotting.
With the rains taking a break for the past two days, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department teams inspected the fields to evaluate crop damage.
In the current Kharif season, crops in 29,321.37 hectares from 26 mandals were damaged.
A PIL has alleged that the Telangana state government has not released its share of the crop insurance amount due to farmers who lost their crops due to incessant rains.
With no official information on the extent of damage to kharif crops, the only option left is the government e-governance portal Agrisnet which delivers informational services.
For the second consecutive year, enrolment under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana scheme for the Special Rabi Season has received a huge response from farmers in the district.
The booklet explained that the area under paddy increased from 34.92 lakh acres in 2014-15 to 1.06 crore acres in 2020-21.
The Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO) has imported around 91,000 metric tonnes of urea from China and Oman, which arrived in two shipments at Karaikal Marg Port last week.
State ranks 7th in production of vegetables and 11th in fruits
By spreading awareness among ryots, the officials have managed to successfully bring down the use of chemical fertilisers in paddy cultivation, while keeping the production unaffected.
Mandal officials will serve notices on ineligible PM-KISAN beneficiaries soon to recover the total amount of Rs 6.19 crore, said S Srinivasa Rao, in-charge joint director of agriculture.
As per a contingency plan, from October, farming of alternate crops would be taken up in the affected areas.