Goa’s agricultural department is upbeat about the scattered rainfall the state has received even though the Indian Meteorological department has recorded 11 per cent deficit in the rains received for the month of June as compared to that of last year. Rains which arrived in the first week of June have helped the farmers plant paddy.
“Goa received 803 mm of rainfall in the month of June as against 906 mm recorded in the same month last year. That amounts to a deficit of 11 per cent,” M L Sahu, Director, Indian Met department’s Goa facility told PTI.
Sahu further added in the PTI report that the off-shore trough current was weak in the beginning of June and picked up only during the mid of the month. “The deficit is expected to be compensated in the month of July-August,” he said.
State Agriculture director Ulhas Pai Kakode scattered rainfall help farmers in planting paddy. “There is no problem for the farmers considering the overall spread of the rain in the state. The farmers are happy when they have some dry spells which can be utilised to plant the paddy,” he was quoted by PTI.
The agriculture department has set a target of 28,000 hectare under paddy crop. “The farmers in Salcette, Bardez and Tiswadi areas have almost completed 50 per cent of their plantings while it has just began in the talukas of Pernem and Bicholim,” he said.
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