INDIA - An emergency meeting of Agriculture Cabinet was held at Mantralaya here today to discuss situations emerging in Madhya Pradesh due to monsoon delay.
The meeting finalised contingency plans for farmers, reports the Central Chronicle.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said preparations should be made at every level to deal with any adverse situation. He directed departmental officers to chalk out contingency plans for farmers.
It is noteworthy that the monsoon situation has deteriorated in the wake of climatic changes due to the El Nino factor. Well below normal or negligible rains have been recorded districts throughout the state. Concern is being expressed throughout the country on the delayed in arrival of monsoon.
Chouhan directed his team to prepare two separate contingency plans for the arrival of monsoon before July 15 and after July 15. The group will chalk out action plans regarding availability of water in reservoirs in the state, seeds and fertilisers and alternate sowing on the basis of soil and field type.
The meeting decided that water will be released as per requirement from irrigation reservoirs for survival of crops. Water will be reserved in reservoirs only for emergency situation.
The meeting was informed the El Nino effect has brought about climatic change throughout the world affecting farming.
Under contingency plans, farmers will be advised to sow early-ripening varieties of millet, maize, sesame, arhar, moong, urad, soybean and paddy if monsoon arrives before July 15 and sowing of arandi, urad and sesame in case of monsoon arrival after July 15.
For the first time, a weather-based scheme is being implemented in the horticulture sector including banana, potato, tomato, brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage and chilli.
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