12. Drought Management Strategy for 2009
In most of the drought situations normal cropping systems and cultivation practices are not possible especially under rainfed conditions. In irrigated areas also, additional efforts are required for efficient utilization of resources with suitable water management strategy and agronomic manipulations in view of higher demand and reduced supplies. The implications of delayed monsoon are more devastating in dry land agriculture without ground water utilities. Under such a situation, suitable steps are needed for growing alternative crops, their varieties, special cultural practices, plant protection measures and efficient nutrient, soil and water management so as to contain reduction in production to the minimum possible. In 2009 early arrival of monsoon triggered the process of sowing and transplanting in some parts of the country. Subsequent dry spells led to mortality, poor crop stand and even re-sowing with additional expenditure in the inputs. The short term strategy to moderate current drought impact and medium or long term strategy needed to negate such calamities in future are discussed below.
Ministry of Agriculture, GOI.
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