Farmers of tribal dominated district Mayurbhanj are happy after the rainfall over the last couple of weeks caused by low pressure in the Bay of Bengal. More than 200 hectares of paddy transplantation land was drying up due to scanty rainfall causing a great deal of worry to farmers until the low pressure generated rains bailed them out.

It has improved the grim paddy cultivation scenario in the district due to scanty rain in June and July. 

According to official sources, the district has received 244.42 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 337.3 mm till July. The rainfall of August has been above normal, observed Deputy Director of Agriculture (DDA) office sources here. 

The Deputy Director of Agriculture Narendra Kumar Behera said the HYV paddy was targeted for 2,73,000 hectares and upto July end 1,58,575 coverage has been achieved. 

Local paddy varieties have been planted in 25,919 hectares and Maize and Millets over 4,530 hectares. Paddy transplantation has picked up momentum in 50 to 60 per cent of the targeted area. There is still some delay in upland areas due to inadequate water. 

DDA Behera claimed at least one spell of heavy rain is required over the next week to boost inter-cultural operation on high land. According to district emergency office report the average rainfall is 268.18 mm, which took place from 1 August till Friday.