Agriculture Current Affair 1 September 2020

Record-breaking August boosts rainfall surplus to 10 per cent

A prevailing low-pressure area over West Rajasthan is expected to weaken from Tuesday, but it has already brought so much of rain to Rajasthan, Gujarat, and parts of North-West and adjoining Central India that flooding conditions were reported from many areas. Record-breaking rainfall during August has delivered a surplus of 26.6 per cent, said GP Sharma, Vice-President, Meteorology, at private forecaster Skymet Weather.

Heavy rains in Gujarat; 50% of dams approach overflow levels

The low pressure area over West Rajasthan and neighbouring regions caused heavy downpour in parts of Gujarat and rivers swelling in several districts.

Of the 205 dams in the State, 103 are overflowing or at full capacity and 154 dams are put on high alert following heavy inflow.

Telangana farmers stick to Regulated Crop Plan

It had been a dream run for farmers in Telangana this kharif season. With the monsoon bringing in bountiful rainfall, farmers have sown crop in 124 lakh acres as against the targeted sown area of 126 lakh acres under the maiden Regulated Crop Plan of the State government.

The farmers covered 103 lakh acres last year, with the additional acreage coming in from the new irrigation facilities that came up in the State. Extensive rains in August have damaged the crop in about in 3-5 lakh acres in different parts of the State.

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