Kharif sows hit by deficit rains; Accumulate up to 27 PCs so far
New Delhi, July 7 () The area sown with kharif crops was reduced by 27 percent to 234.33 lakh hectares amid a poor monsoon rainfall last month, according to the latest government data.
However, the planting operation is expected to resume in the coming days, as the Indian Department of Meteorology (IMD) has projected good rains in July and August. In addition, the government has announced a significant increase in the minimum support price of 14 notified kharif crops.
The sowing of kharif crops begins with the start of the southwest monsoon, which arrived late this year delaying the planting operation and the precipitation remained deficient by 33 percent, according to data from the IMD.
According to the latest sowing data published by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Kharif cultivation area was only 234.33 lakh hectare until the last week of the kharif season of the 2019-20 harvest (July-June), compared with last year's 319.68 lakh ha.
Rice, the main kharif crop, was planted at 52.47 lakh hectares until last week, compared to 68.60 lakh hectares in the same period of the previous year.
Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, among others, recorded less area.
Legumes, especially tur, urad and moong, were planted in an area well below 7.94 lakh hectare compared to 27.91 lakh hectare, while coarse grains were planted at 37.37 lakh hectare versus 50.65 lakh hectare last year, according to the data.
Less area was reported under pulses from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, among others.
In the case of oilseeds, the area planted with peanuts, sunflower and soybean was lower by 34.02 lakh hectare until last week, compared to 59.37 lakh hectare in the same period of the previous year.
Among cash crops, sugarcane was planted at approximately 50 lakhs per hectare so far about 51.41 lakh per hectare covered in the same period of the previous year.
The planting of cotton and jute was also delayed. The area sown for cotton cultivation was lower at 45.85 lakh per hectare so far, compared to 54.60 lakh in the same period of the previous year.
The data showed that jute was sown only at 80 lakh per hectare compared to 7.15 lakh per hectare in the same period.
Last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, had said that there is no cause for concern about the monsoon, since the IMD has linked normal rainfall. However, the government is closely monitoring the poor situation of the rains.
During the week ending July 10, the IMD has projected normal rains in most of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northeastern Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, northeastern states and normal to normal the south of peninsular India.
It is very likely to be normal or lower than normal in the remaining parts of the country during the week, he said. While during the week ending July 17, IMD said there would be normal rainfall in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, most parts of East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and on the west coast and in many parts of the country. Northeastern states. It is very likely to be normal or below normal in the remaining parts of the country during this week. LUX SHW ABM SHW