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Maharashtra govt issue advisory asking farmers to postpone sowing schedule

Break in monsoon has made conditions unfavourable for sowing

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Faced with deficit in the month of July, the on Sunday issued an asking farmers to postpone their

"So far sowing up to 35-40 per cent of the total cultivable area has been reported in the state. But the break in the has made conditions unfavourable for sowing in the whole last week.

"The state has sent text messages to farmers asking them to delay their sowing plans till next is issued," chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

Though the state has issued the today, the data of the state department stated that except for Amravati and division -- remaining four divisions have received good in June, while the figures of July are on a lower side.

The rainfall data revealed that normal rainfall from July 1 to 9 for Konkan division is 1164.7 mm as against actual rainfall of 217.1 mm. It means Konkan division has received only 18.6 per cent rainfall.

Similarly, the Nashik division has received rainfall of 38.5 mm (16.3 per cent) Pune 49.1 mm (14.9 per cent), Aurangabad 9.6 mm (4.8 per cent), Amravati 20.4 mm (7.8 per cent) and 54.2 mm (13.1 per cent).

"It clearly shows that the rainfall in July in the state is still very low and state needs more The central part of -- is more fertile hence we need more there than in Konkan or eastern Vidarbha," said a senior officer from state ministry.

First Published: Mon, July 10 2017. 00:08 IST