27/05/2022

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Kharif area trails despite late surge in paddy

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In spite of the area beneath paddy getting traction in the last leg of kharif sowing period, the full acreage is set to inevitably stop a tad decreased than previous yr. The overall kharif location, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .83 for every cent lessen than previous year’s 1114.50 lh.

Monsoon’s pause issue

Following a sluggish start off due to the south-west monsoon taking a “break” in mid-June and early July, generally in pieces of Western and Central India, farmers have bridged the gap in acreageplanting far more of paddy, pulses such as tur and urad, sugarcane, jute and mesta.

Extended dry spells, which incorporates one more “break” in early August, through monsoon season have impacted sowing in Gujarat, the premier producer of cotton and groundnut, and Rajasthan, the significant producer of bajra.

Seasonal rainfall for the region as a entire was 4 per cent lessen than usual. Parts of East, North-East and North West India experienced 11 for each cent deficit.Only the South witnessed a surplus rainfall of 12 for every this monsoon.

Kharif Scorecard

(Region in lakh hectares as on Sept 17)

Crop

2021

2020

Rice

414.18

413.34

Pulses

140.72

137.89

Coarse Cereals

174.70

178.83

Oilseeds

193.95

196.45

Sugarcane

54.97

54.08

Jute & Mesta

7.01

6.94

Cotton

119.66

126.97

Whole

1105.19

1114.50

Source: Agriculture Ministry

Around the earlier week, paddy acreage enhanced by about 5 lh to 414.18 lh, as transplantation is even now going on in some elements of the region which includes South. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have observed the paddy place likely up over last 7 days.

Income crops’ area down

Other crops these kinds of as pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton also showed a marginal improve above the previous week. Though the sowing of these crops has ended, knowledge proceed to trickle, ensuing a marginal raise in the region sown.

Spot under sugarcane has greater and so also jute and mesta. Cotton region is seen settling reduced by around 5 for every cent this year.

Among the coarse cereals, maize at 81.52 lh and ragi at 10.35 lh and smaller millets at 4.77 lh have received acreage, while jowar at 14.65 lh and bajra at 63.40 lh have observed a drop.

Amid oilseeds, groundnut at 49.14 lh, sesamum at 13.31 lh and castor at 6.96 lh missing ground. Soyabean has gained space at 121.77 lh.

In pulses, tur has crossed 50 lh, while area underneath urad has edged up to 39.43 lh. Location below moong has declined to 35.25 lh.