Soraba Taluk goes thirsty for three years in a row.

The rainfall pattern in Soraba shows a deficit of -41 for the current year

Priyanka Pathak

Graphic representation of rainfall

Bangalore, November 21, 2017:Soraba taluk’s rainfall pattern between 2015 and now has been fluctuating wildly. According to the records in the taluk’s agriculture department, the average rainfall recorded in 2014 was 1704.5 mm and in the following year it fell to 894 mm.

The fluctuation in the rainfall patterns can be observed between 2015 and the current year— the data for which is factored in until 27th October.  The cumulative rainfall in 2017 observed a deficit of -41.

Mr. Kanth Raj, an official in Soraba’s agriculture department said, “The rainfall pattern is changing every year. Thanks to the scarcity of rain water farmers lose out on a good yield.”

The sharp drop in rainfall in the observed period can be attributed to several reasons. And, rainfall this year has seen a constant deficit.

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring report (KSNDC) obtained from Telemetric Rain Guage network, in July — the month of highest precipitation — a deficit of -50
The villages in Soraba taluk also observed a deficit. Chandragutti hobli with the highest deficit of -46 among all the villages in the taluk, received the least rainfall. Jade hobli and Kuppagadde hobli recorded a deficit of -44. The Ulvi hobli received the highest rainfall at 1072 mm with the lowest deficit of -27.

Mr. Manjunath, an official in Soraba’s agriculture department said, “Due to little rainfall in the past three years, farmers are experiencing a shortfall in yield sizes and cannot afford to hire labourers. And, due to fewer job opportunities, the locals are forced to migrate from the villages to other towns in search of jobs.” The locals are forced to move out to Mangalore and Chickmagalur looking for employment.

 “With few jobs people sit idle or they have to migrate to other towns for work. Over half the people in the villages have already migrated the nearby cities and towns job-hunting.” said, Darshan, a resident of Soraba taluk.

 

 
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