Area under kharif crops slips further as rainfall deficit tops 10%

Joseph B. Hash

  With rain deficit topping ten for every cent from June 1 until Friday in the existing monsoon period, the coverage of kharif crops dropped even more by 1.76 for every cent cent compared with the corresponding period a year back. Farmers have so much planted on 1,064 lakh hectares […]

 

With rain deficit topping ten for every cent from June 1 until Friday in the existing monsoon period, the coverage of kharif crops dropped even more by 1.76 for every cent cent compared with the corresponding period a year back. Farmers have so much planted on 1,064 lakh hectares (lh) against 1,083 lh in the exact same period a year back. Final week, this hole in acreage was 1.56 for every cent.

The spot beneath rice, oilseeds, cotton and coarse cereals has dropped, when sowing of pulses and sugarcane are up. Among the oilseeds, the coverage of soyabean has amplified but that of groundnut and sesame is down. Maize spot is up in the coarse cereals basket, but coverage of other grains has declined. In the pulses area, the spot beneath arhar has amplified, when urad acreage is nearly unchanged but that of moong is down.

Deficiency in N-W

The drop in acreage is largely on account of above 50 for every cent deficient rainfall in Gujarat, especially the Saurashtra region, when in western Rajasthan the deficit is 22 for every cent. In spite of the ten for every cent deficient rainfall, kharif sowing has managed to keep pace with ordinary acreage as the distribution of the monsoon has been fantastic. Deficiency of adequate rainfall in north-western elements has resulted in cotton being the most influenced. Its acreage is decrease by 8.5 for every cent year-on-year (YoY). Region beneath cotton is down to 117 lh (128 lh).

 

Rice spot edges down

According to knowledge unveiled by the Agriculture Ministry, rice has been planted on 389 lh against 393 lh in the exact same period last kharif period. Uttar Pradesh with above sixty lh, West Bengal with forty one lh and Chhattisgarh with virtually 37 lh have recorded a rise in acreage beneath rice, adopted by Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Whilst most States far more or significantly less preserved their acreage compared with last year the former kharif period, there is a drop in planting in Chhattisgarh and an and an amplified in Madhya Pradesh.

At virtually 136 lh, the spot beneath pulses is marginally bigger YoY. Arhar has been planted on above 49 lh ( as compared with 47 lh). This YoYnot only accounted for the rise is improve but even covered for virtually two for every cent drop in moong cultivation.

A marginal a single for every cent improve in soyabean spot at 121.5 lh has not been able to compensate for the drop in groundnut acreage and as a consequence the oilseeds spot is 1.5 for every cent significantly less at 189.5 lh. The spot beneath coarse cereals, too, is down by 1.6 for every cent as compared with the exact same week a year back at 169 lh.

Storage ranges down

Water storage in 130 reservoirs monitored by Central Water Commission is 108.58 billion cubic metre (BCM) compared with 130.sixty three BCM during the exact same period a year back.

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