With rainfall deficit at 64%, Gujarat releases dam waters for kharif crops

Rainfall deficit in Gujarat has attained sixty four for each cent as on August 10, putting kharif cultivation in the Point out at stake.

The Point out govt, nevertheless, has declared release of water from the dams and reservoirs that will advantage about 5 lakh hectares of the farm location and conserve the farmers from the crop damage owing to scarcity of water.

So far, the Point out has acquired 305 mm rainfall, which is 63.sixty nine for each cent departure from the prolonged-interval common of 840 mm.

In accordance to the Point out irrigation section, the premier irrigation scheme of the Point out — Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river — has 4,408 million cubic meters (MCM) of water or 46.6 for each cent filling from its storage ability. The over-all storage in the 206 of the Point out reservoirs and dams stands at 7,592 MCM as on August eleven.

A senior agriculture section formal stated that the kharif crops were being beneath the hazard of damage owing to delay in the second spell of the rains. “Due to delay in the monsoon, we would need to release the water for the kharif crops. We have sufficient water offered in the dams to go over the necessities of agriculture and drinking reason. There are complete nine dams with in excess of ninety for each cent storage at current. The over-all storage across the dams is about 46 for each cent. We can manage with that prior to the rains arrive,” the formal stated.

Main Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday questioned the Point out irrigation section to release water for the kharif agricultural crops till September 30, 2021. He also questioned the section to make certain suitable reserve water for the drinking reason.

Gujarat has viewed complete kharif sowing on seventy five.seventy three lakh ha — marginally better than seventy four.ninety two lakh ha in the very last calendar year. Groundnut and cotton are the biggest kharif crops in the Point out.

The rainfall deficit in the South Gujarat region is about 60 for each cent, although that in Saurasthra and Central Gujarat is about 65-sixty six for each cent and the maximum in Kutch and North Gujarat at practically 70 for each cent.