01 August 2022, New Delhi: A State Level Interface Meeting on Enhancing the Preparedness for Agriculture Contingencies during kharif 2022 for Telangana was jointly organized by ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad and Department of Agriculture, Government of Telangana today.
Mr. Hanumanth Rao, Special Commissioner, Agriculture, Government of Telangana chaired the meeting.
Dr. R. M. Sundaram, Director, ICAR-IIRR; Dr. C.V. Ratnavathi, Director, ICAR- IIMR participated in the meeting.
Dr. Ravindra Chary, Project Coordinator, , AICRPDA briefed about the purpose of the meeting.
During the meeting, the seasonal rainfall forecast by SASCOF & IMD, monthly rainfall forecasts by IMD (July, August and September) and also weekly forecasts for August was presented and discussed with officials and scientists about implications. Progress of crops sown area at state and district level, rainfall status till date, prevailing excess rainy events, etc. were also discussed.
The district officials presented the details of current rainfall scenario, crop sown area, crop condition and plan for the unsown areas, particularly paddy crop areas. in the respective districts.
Directors/scientists of SAUs and ICAR institutes highlighted the interventions implemented and suggested the contingency measures, plant protection measures etc.
Compared to year 2021-22, the state witnessed normal to excess rainfall in the state and situation in all districts is low to good progress in sowing of many crops. Rainfall in last couple of days have encouraged sowing in larger areas of districts which is expected to be completed by 15th August, 2022 including castor. The preparedness by the state government officials were up to the mark.
- Since the state is expected to have excess rainfall during kharif season spreadover different months, it is suggested to monitor block level rainfall events where sowing can be ensured with good drainage measures in case of water logging with suitable crop and varieties. The District Agriculture Officers presented a good overview of status as well as plan to supply seed requirements throughout the districts in the state.
- Wet DSR needs to be promoted in the identified districts/mandals
- Foliar nutrition/top dressing needs to be taken up in the standing crops. Prophylactic measures for plant protection in the standing crops
- Since, some of the districts have also been identified for promoting millets by Govt. of India, the officials were suggested to promote millets in the targeted districts
- To bevigilant towards the rainfall situations in the forthcoming days for taking up suitable preparedness and real-time measures during excess rainfall situation in the standing crops
- Suitable varieties of paddy, cotton, castor, groundnut, pigeonpea under these normal to excess rainfall situations were also suggested.
- For livestock, deworming followed by vaccination to endemic diseases and special attention to foot rot and fodder availability with protection of animals from high rains were suggested. Appropriate feed /fodder management for small ruminantsneeds to be taken up as suggested
Directors of Research and Scientists from State Agricultural Universities; Senior Scientists from ICAR-CRIDA, Officials from Line Departments, ATMA and KVKs participated in the meeting.