Deficit rainfall worries farmers
NASHIK: Nashik district has so far received less amount of rain in July compared to previous years due to the late coming of the monsoon and an irregularity in the rainfall. The situation may not improve in the current month as there may be a rain deficit in the district. The rain deficit is a major cause of concern the farmers and it may affect the crops in the districts as only 46 sowing completed so far.
The paddy cultivation has also been affected due to scarcity of rainfall. The rain deficit in the last month of June had hit the farmers hard and the prediction of rainfall shortage in July casts a spell of doubt as to what will happen to their crops if the situation continues.
The rains which lashed the district since the onset of July, is now getting weaker. Between June 1 and July 16, 2019, the district has received 370.64 mm rainfall – a shortfall of 32.88 mm. Last year it was 403.52 mm.
To add to the worries of farmers, the average rainfall in the drought hit six talukas is below 100 mm. In June drought situation had worsened and there was only 5% water stock left in the district dams causing severe water crisis in the district. However, from the first week of July rains incessantly lashed talukas of Trimabakeshwar, Igatpuri, Nashik, Dindori, Peth, Surgana and Sinnar accelerating sowing activities.
At the same time rains in the catchment areas also helped increase water stock significantly. Water stock in Gangapur dam, a major source of water supply for Nashik now stands at 54%, Darna at 72 percent and Bhavli 77%. While average water stock in the district reservoirs now reached at 25%.
The drought situation however is grim in several talukas. The worst hit is the Nandgaon where only 9 mm rainfall so far recorded in July, while Malegaon, Chandwad, Kalwan, Baglan, Deola, Niphad and Yeola has so far received less than 100 mm of rainfall. As drought relief measures to be taken till August 1, tankers are being pressed into service and fodder camps have been set up to mitigate drought.