Harvest rabi crops, sow summer vegetables: IMD

By: | Updated: April 5, 2016 12:57 AM

Notwithstanding the dry spell prevailing, the harvesting of rabi crops such as wheat, pulses and oilseeds has commenced and sowing of summer vegetables is in progress in most parts of the country.

Notwithstanding the dry spell prevailing, the harvesting of rabi crops such as wheat, pulses and oilseeds has commenced and sowing of summer vegetables is in progress in most parts of the country.

According to the latest National Agromet Advisory Services bulletin by India Meteorological Department (IMD), the farmers have been advised to harvest rabi crops as soon as possible and sow summer vegetables such as bitter gourd, cucumber, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, water melon and musk melon and prepare the field for the forthcoming kharif crops.

However, the IMD advisory taking into account satellite images from Normalised Difference Vegetation Index has noted that ‘agricultural vigour is good over Punjab, Haryana and patches in east Uttar Pradesh, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, coastal Odisha and patches in Gujarat, Assam and Tamil Nadu’.

“The images of agriculture growth (are) moderate over parts of Rajasthan, Saurashtra,Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and western Odisha,” IMD index has noted.

In a state specific agri advisory, the IMD has said that in the parts of Maharashtra, where deficient monsoon last year has resulted in low water availability in the reservoirs, the farmers should apply mulch of sugarcane trash, dried grasses or black plastic film to summer crops and orchards to avoid loss of water due to evaporation.

“Apply irrigation to summer groundnut by sprinkler method and make arrangement for shade for vegetable crops to protect them from bright sunshine,” the latest advisory says.

The water level is the lowest in the 31 reservoirs in southern India and 27 in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In reservoirs in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the total live storage available till last week was only 8.62 billion cubic metre (bcm), 17% of the capacity. In reservoirs in Gujarat and Maharashtra, the total live storage available is 5.82 bcm or 21% of the capacity.

“In middle Gujarat zone, farmers must complete sowing of pearl millet. They should carry out intercultural operations in summer crops like pearl millet, green gram, cow pea, okra, etc. and apply irrigation. Undertake harvesting of matured papaya,” IMD advisory has stated.

For Uttar Pradesh, IMD noted, “Continue sowing of summer fodder crops and sowing of urad, mung, lobia, bhindi as inter crop in sugarcane, land preparation and sowing of cowpea, maize, transplanting of onion, tomato, chili.”

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