Kharif sowing in AP picks up on late rains

Joseph B. Hash

After likely by a slack pacc for about six weeks, kharif sowing has improved in Andhra Pradesh. Many thanks to late rains, farmers have covered an spot of 25 lakh hectares so much, with paddy and cotton regaining missing floor.

While the whole spot covered so much is even now a lot less than the regular as-on-date spot of 29 lakh ha. By July 26, the farmers had covered only 10 lakh ha as in opposition to the as-on-date ordinary spot of fifteen lakh ha.

“But for the North Coastal districts, the rainfall was ordinary. After a lull in the initial handful of weeks of the monsoon time, rainfall had been properly spread across the State,” Keshava Rao, President of All-India Kisan Sabha (Andhra Pradesh), informed BusinessLine.

Paddy farmers have covered 10.27 lakh ha so much in opposition to eleven lakh ha on the exact same day in a ordinary yr. Cotton and groundnut crops are likely to witness a drop in acreage.

“Some cotton farmers are shifting to chillies on far better charges,” Keshava Rao reported.

Cotton farmers have covered an spot of 4.forty six lakh ha as on date as in opposition to the similar regular determine of 5.10 lakh ha. The State established a target of six lakh ha for the time

Redgram, the other big crop in the State, is likely to tumble beneath the focused spot of two.sixty eight lakh ha. In accordance to the most current facts, redgram was sown in one.seventy eight lakh ha.

In the meantime, the State Authorities has made the decision to discourage farmers from growing paddy, tobacco and sugarcane less than borewell irrigation.

The Agriculture Section reported they could covert an spot of .sixty lakh ha less than these crops to horticultural crops in 2020-21. They are looking at changing much more spot this kharif.

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