Agri production in Karnataka may fall short by 25 lakh tonnes
Karnataka is likely to witness a shortfall of 2.5 million tonnes in agricultural production following the severe drought situation across the state, Agriculture Scientist and University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), Bangalore Vice-Chancellor Narayana Gowda said today.
Talking to reporters here, he said 'last year the state had witnessed 125 lakh tonnes of agriculture production, but this year due to less rainfall the production may be about 100 lakh tonne.' 'However, there is still hope for some Rabi crops if rain comes and UAS has suggested farmers to go in for short term crops including Ragi, Jowar and cereals,' he added.
Warning that the State may face severe fodder shortage since the next spell of rain is expected only in July next year, he said the Milk Procuring Committees and Animal Husbandry and Veteranay Services have been asked to educate farmers to grow fodder to over come the shortage.
He said in Chamarajanagar, the UAS has advised growing cereals which can grow in less water, in Command areas, Ragi and certain varieties of paddy can be grown.
Mr Gowda said there is need to give top priority for seed production as shortage may be felt in the coming rainy season.