With delayed monsoon and drought-like conditions, crops will get affected in the new state of Telangana, said state authorities.
The rain was below normal and delayed sowing with a deficit of 4.28 lakh hectares as against the normal sowing of 9.49 lakh hectares, amounting to almost 50% drop in the sowing.
Last kharif season witnessed sowing in an area of 40.38 lakh acres in Telangana. Though the government provided subsidized seeds and fertilisers, lack of rains have affected the sowing and doubling the deficit.
“We have given sufficient quantity of seeds, fertilisers and other inputs in the state. There is no shortage anywhere” said Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, agriculture minister.
On an average, Telangana received a rainfall of 45.9 mm as against 105 mm, which is 56% less during the monsoon period from June 1 to June 25. Delay in monsoon is resulting in withering away of maize crops in about 8000 hectares in Mahabubnagar, officials said.
Medak, Ranga Reddy and Khammam are the worst hit with a rainfall 60% to 99% less and the remaining districts of Nizamabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Hyderabad and Mahbubnagar too recorded a deficit rainfall of -20% to -59%.
“We still have time till July 10 for sowings. We will think about contingency plans only after that,” said Poonam Malakondaiah, agriculture secretary.