State recorded excess rain of 27.2% by Sept. 16
Sowing operations have picked up in the State following heavy rains. The total crop acreage stood at 33.14 lakh hectares by September 16 when compared to the target of 39.59 lakh hectares for this kharif. The total cultivated area as on September 9 was 32.39 lakh hectares and the rise in the acreage is attributed to the rain.
The rainfall was normal till September 9. But, the State recorded excess rain in a span of a week. The State recorded 511.8 mm rain from June1 to September 9, which touched 602.6 mm by September 16, an excess of 27.2%.
Baring Srikakulam, all districts have recorded either normal or excess rain, say officials. All major reservoirs in the State had 834.05 tmcft of water as on September 9, which increased to 865.85 tmcft by September 16, when compared to the 686.68 tmcft during the corresponding period last year….