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Farmers asked to transplant paddy seedlings

Vinson Kurian

This is in view of fairly widespread to widespread monsoon rains

Thiruvananthapuram , July 11

Farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand have been advised to take up transplanting of paddy seedlings in view of the fairly widespread to widespread monsoon rains.

A weekly agro advisory from the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) said that field preparations should be carried out by the weekend wherever nurseries are being planned. Monsoon had totted up a rainfall deficit of 9 per cent as on July 5, it said.

Broadcast of seeds

If not already sown, paddy seeds should now be broadcast in the upland regions of Chhotanagpur and Madhya Pradesh. As isolated rainfall has been predicted for Central and West India during the week, sowing of groundnut, soybean and pulses such as moong, urad and arhar may be undertaken.

In North Bihar, proper drainage needs to be in place for maize and sugarcane fields in view of the forecast for heavy rains. Meanwhile, monsoon ran up the Northwest as if to make good the time lost midway through. July 15 is the normal date by when it should cover the whole of the mainland. Four days ahead on Tuesday, the northern limit touched Udaipur, Ajmer, Churu and Ganganagar in West Rajasthan.

Bay `low' deferred

An NCMRWF forecast said conditions are favourable for its further advance over the remaining parts of Rajasthan during the next four days. But the fresh `low' predicted to form in the Bay of Bengal was deferred by two days to July 16 (Sunday).

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls has been forecast for the Indo-Gangetic plains over the next three to four days. Subdued activity will prevail over Central India and the interior Peninsula. A western disturbance drifting in through the Northwest is set to interact with the monsoonal flows to cause widespread to isolated heavy rainfall over the plains of Northwest India, including Delhi, on Friday and Saturday.

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