Ranchi : The rain deficit in Jharkhand has reached 60% in June, a crucial month for raising nursery for paddy crops and direct seed sowing of other crops such as maize and pulses.
The farmers could not start activities of nursery raising and direct seed sowing due to deficient rainfall in June, agricultural scientists of Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Ranchi, said.
The monsoon hit the state on June 21 has slowed down in last four days causing more rainfall deficit.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) centre in Ranchi states that Jharkhand could receive merely 63.4mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 156.7mm from June 1 to June 26.
“The monsoon has weakened over Jharkhand in absence of any strong system. This is a normal characteristic of the season. However, we are expecting a spell of good rainfall from June 29,” said SD Kotal, director IMD centre, Ranchi.
“We are hoping the upcoming spell would fill the gap of rainfall deficit to a great extent,” he said.
Seedling process in Jharkhand has already delayed by 16 days. Senior agro-meteorologist of Birsa Agricultural University (BAU), Ranchi, A Wadud said this was the peak time for nursery raising for paddy crops and direct seed sowing of other crops including maize and pulses.
The two major activities generally conclude in the state by the end of the June last.
“However, farmers are yet to take up the activities due to the lack of sufficient rains. If rainfall remains elusive for next one week, it will have an impact in overall kharif production, as sapling transplantation to paddy field would not take place by first week of July,” Wadud said.
Even as the parts of Jharkhand, including Ranchi, received brief rainfall on Wednesday, farmers said it was not enough to start for nursery raising or direct sowing of the seeds.