The state government had set a target to take rabi
crops in 1.85 million hectares of area in the current season. “The sowing of rabi
crops could be completed in 1.56 million hectares of area, which is about 84 per cent of the target,” a state government spokesperson said.
The reluctance of farmers
to take paddy
crop during rabi
season 2018 following state government’s “ban” is cited as the reason for missing the target. Though the Chhattisgarh
government did not official imposed ban, the chief secretary wrote letter to the divisional commissioners asking to discourage summer paddy
due to shortage of water.
The scanty rains last year had plunged a major portion of Chhattisgarh
into drought. The state government had officially announced 96 tehsils of state’s 149 as drought-hit. The officials clarified that the available water was reserved for portable and other essential utilities, and hence could not be provided for rabi
Following the development, the sowing target for the rabi
2018 could not be achieved. The summer paddy, known for giving better yield and insect resistance quality, is normally shown in 200,000 hectares of area. This year, sowing could be completed only in 46,000 hectares of area.
This decision to ban the cultivation of summer crop had caused despair among the farmers.
They were expecting to compensate the loss incurred in the kharif
season because of drought.