Paddy and Jowar are the major food crops in Kodagu. This year instead of the usual 30,500 hectare, Paddy was grown only in 23,270 hectare; Jowar only in 2,830 hectare instead of 4,000 hectare. Totally, food crops were expected to be grown in 34,500 hectare, but were grown in only 26,100 hectare. Usually, in a year, the district receives 2,860.7 mm rains on an average, from January 2018 to December 2018, Kodagu received 3,686.4 mm of rain.
To encourage farming; farmers are given farming equipment in subsidized rates and modern farming implements are to be used to counter labor problems. So, 30 small tractors, 298 power tillers, 1,171 diesel pump sets, 315 harvesting machines, 24 tilling machines, 1,758 plant maintenance equipment, 7 balers, 3,075 drip irrigation plants and 27, 476 tarpaulins have been distributed. Totally, 34,265 beneficiaries have procured various machines at a subsidized rate and 26,718 farmers have bought various agriculture implements at a discounted price.
In 2018-19, the farmers were given Paddy and Jowar seeds, which were distributed at subsidized rates. Green leaf fertilizer seed, dolomite, earthworm fertilizer, city compost, organic manure and light manures were distributed. With all these center and state governments are supporting the farmers, farmers should make use of the facilities and are suggested to lead a self-reliant life.
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