Vijayapura: The production of Jawar, the staple diet of the people of North Karnataka, is expected to decline sharply this year owing to the heavy rains that lashed the region recently.
The rains delayed the sowing because of the stagnation of water in the fields and the crop, which is sown in the Rabi season, has been cultivated in less than the target area in the Vijaryapura district this year as a result.
According to the officials of the Agriculture Department, Jawar was set to be sown in 1.80 lakh hectares of land for the Rabi season (between September and October), but the farmers have cultivated Jawar in only 50,000 hectares of land, which is just about a quarter of the target area.
With the sowing season for Jawar almost over, the target will not be achieved this year, said sources.
Vijayapura Jawar has great demand in other parts of the state for its quality and taste. The people of this area, who live in Bengaluru, prefer to buy this Jawar for its taste.
Jawar lovers this year may face problems in procuring adequate quantities of this cereal for preparing rotis, which is the preferred diet of the people mainly in the rural areas.
Meanwhile, the price of Jawar is also expected to rise significantly because of the limited supply and high demand.
Last year, Jawar was sold for between Rs 2,000 and 3,000 per quintal, bu this year, the prices may double because of the short supply.