Marathwada region witnesses no major rainfall in past 48 hours; may boost sowing activity

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Aurangabad: Sowing activities in the Marathwada region have begun as no major rainfall activity has been witnessed in the past 48-hours in many areas. The region has received an average 144 mm rainfall since June 1.

As per a news report published in The Times of India, data released by the agricultural department shows that out of the total 20.23 lakh hectare area expected to be under cultivation during the kharif season, sowing had taken place only on about 45,521 hectare.

The agriculture department has advised farmers not to start sowing activities till the region receives a minimum of 100 mm rainfall.

Deepak Joshi, farmers’ leader from the region said, “This year the rainy season has witnessed a timely start by early June. Farmer may start with the sowing activity as the soil has developed desired moisture at many places.”

Since June 1, Parbhani district witnessed highest 199 mm rainfall followed by Hingoli (179 mm), Nanded (169 mm), Latur (149 mm), Beed (141 mm), Jalna (127 mm), Osmanabad (96 mm) and Aurangabad (94 mm).

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