At a time when parts of North India are facing floods and parts of South Karnataka are receiving copious rain, Vijayapura in North Karnataka is yet to receive any good showers to help the farming community.

Farmers here have already prepared land for sowing various crops such as tur, sunflower and cotton. But with deficient rainfall, soil does not have enough moisture, owing to which farmers are reluctant to start sowing.

With soil not having enough moisture, time for sowing crops such as tur, sunflower and cotton for the kharif season is gradually coming to an end as only about a week is left.

Though there was a good spell of rainfall in the beginning of the monsoon raising the hopes of farmers of having a good yield, now those hopes are fading. Temperature has dipped and cloudy weather is prevailing.

Farmers said that they have already spent money on seeds and fertilizers, but it would all go waste in the absence of good rainfall.

According to officials, the district received 153.3.mm rainfall in June, while the average rainfall is 172.4 mm.

In July, till date there has been no considerable rainfall, while by this time, the district should have received 264.4mm rainfall.

The Department of Agriculture has set a target of 4.30 lakh hectares for sowing for this season.

However, so far, sowing has been completed in only 1.72 lakh hectares. If the kharif season fails, then farmers have no choice but to prepare only for rabi.

Amid this, farmers, who get irrigation facility through canals of the Almatti dam, are hoping for the government to start releasing water into the canals from the dam.

Farmers, who are dependent on irrigation, said that while the dam is receiving a huge quantum of water every day, the government has not taken any decision to release water into the canals.

Meanwhile, on Monday morning, the water level at Almatti dam was recorded at 518 m as against its full storage level of 519 m.

The dam has 99.17 tmcft of water against its total storage capacity of 123 tmcft. And, farmers are hoping that soon a decision would be taken to release water into the canals.

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