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Monday, 3 August 2020

Rain brings cheer to bajra growers

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Mahendragarh, August 2

The recent spell of rain has brought cheer to the farmers as it will be beneficial for their bajra crop that had started drying up due to the scarcity of water.

'70% under bajra'

Around 70% of the total kharif area in the district is used for sowing bajra. This spell of rain will not only give rebirth to the crops but also be useful in their speedy growth. — Jaswinder Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Mahendragarh

Bajra is a prominent kharif crop of the district and it is sown over 78,000 hectares. There are many villages in the Nangal Choudhary and Narnaul blocks here where farmers are totally dependent upon rain water for farming. Both the blocks have been declared as dark zones owing to the steep decline in water table. "The Bajra crops had reached the brink of drying up following the scarcity of rainfall this season hence farmers had eagerly been waiting for it for the past several days. Though the rainfall was not heavy in our block as compared to others, the spell was sufficient to revive the crop," said Deepak Sharma, a farmer from Gaud Balaha village, which falls under Nangal Choudhary block.

Surender Sharma, another farmer from Amarpur Jorasi village, said he had a tubewell in his field but the groundwater was salty hence bajra cannot grow without rainwater. "I have sown over 13 acres and rain will help the bajra crop flourish, otherwise we had deserted the hope of getting any produce due to the lack of rain," Sharma added.

from The Tribune

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