The met office has advised the farmers to stop irrigating their fields and take steps to ensure protection of their livestock and crops during the rainy spells forecast for the current month. In its 10-day advisory issued on Monday, the met office urged the growers to take timely measures to protect their crops, livestock and other property during the rains which may begin from July 6.
It said the farmers of upper parts of the country should stop irrigating their crops from July 6 keeping in view the expected monsoon rains. For the growers of cotton and sugarcane falling in the lower parts of the country, the office suggested them to irrigate their crops according to their needs because of dry weather. The farmers of the country’s upper parts should prepare their fields for the coming Kharif crops in time and take advantage of the moisture from monsoon rains.
It also urged the farmers especially those belong to the rain-fed areas to sow maize in time to utilise soil moisture. It said the farmers of rain-fed areas who obtain water from tube-wells should schedule the irrigation pattern according to the forecast in the next 10 days.