Kharif area trails despite late surge in paddy

Joseph B. Hash

Regardless of the place less than paddy getting traction in the last leg of kharif sowing season, the whole acreage is established to ultimately close a tad reduce than last yr. The whole kharif place, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .eighty three for every cent […]

Regardless of the place less than paddy getting traction in the last leg of kharif sowing season, the whole acreage is established to ultimately close a tad reduce than last yr. The whole kharif place, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .eighty three for every cent reduce than earlier year’s 1114.fifty lh.

Monsoon’s pause aspect

Right after a sluggish commence because of to the south-west monsoon having a “break” in mid-June and early July, mainly in elements of Western and Central India, farmers have bridged the hole in acreageplanting much more of paddy, pulses these kinds of as tur and urad, sugarcane, jute and mesta.

Prolonged dry spells, which involves a further “break” in early August, for the duration of 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 nation as a complete was four for every cent reduce than standard. Parts of East, North-East and North West India had eleven for every cent deficit.Only the South witnessed a surplus rainfall of 12 for every this monsoon.

Kharif Scorecard

(Spot in lakh hectares as on Sept 17)

Crop

2021

2020

Rice

414.eighteen

413.34

Pulses

140.seventy two

137.89

Coarse Cereals

174.70

178.eighty three

Oilseeds

193.ninety five

196.45

Sugarcane

fifty four.ninety seven

fifty four.08

Jute & Mesta

seven.01

six.94

Cotton

119.sixty six

126.ninety seven

Full

1105.19

1114.fifty

Supply: Agriculture Ministry

Above the past 7 days, paddy acreage enhanced by about 5 lh to 414.eighteen lh, as transplantation is nonetheless going on in some elements of the nation like South. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have witnessed the paddy place going up about last 7 days.

Hard cash crops’ place down

Other crops these kinds of as pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton also showed a marginal maximize about the last 7 days. While the sowing of these crops has ended, information keep on to trickle, ensuing a marginal maximize in the place sown.

Spot less than sugarcane has enhanced and so also jute and mesta. Cotton place is witnessed settling reduce by about five for every cent this yr.

Among coarse cereals, maize at eighty one.fifty two lh and ragi at ten.35 lh and tiny millets at 4.77 lh have attained acreage, although jowar at fourteen.sixty five lh and bajra at 63.40 lh have witnessed a drop.

Among oilseeds, groundnut at forty nine.fourteen lh, sesamum at 13.31 lh and castor at six.ninety six lh lost ground. Soyabean has attained place at 121.77 lh.

In pulses, tur has crossed fifty lh, although place less than urad has edged up to 39.forty three lh. Spot less than moong has declined to 35.twenty five lh.

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