HYDERABAD, JULY 17
Revival of rains after a two-week lull has not rekindled any hopes for cotton farmers in Telangana. Though cotton sowing has been carried on about 12.1 lakh hectares (lh), the farmers are not much elated as they fear the rains are not enough for the crop to grow. The as-on-date numbers for sowing surpassed that of average as-on-date figure of 11.70 lh. This, however, was way lower than last year’s as-on-date sown area of 14 lh.
“Though we see reports of rains in various parts, it is not enough. The status of crop in 80 per cent of the sown area is not very encouraging. We require about 200-250 mmof rain for the crop to survive,” S Malla Reddy, Vice-President of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), told BusinessLine.
The seed industry, however, is of a different view and expects a better season. “ National Seed Association of India President M Prabhakara Rao said that the hike in MSP will have a positive impact on the acreage. He, however, indicated that the pink bollworm problem would continue to be there this season as well. Farmers in Telangana grew cotton on about 45 lakh acres last year.
(Source: The Hindu Businessline)