Acreages of paddy, the most important cereal crop for the kharif cropping time, crossed forty million hectares on Friday, marking an raise of eight per cent above the past 12 months, as extra farmers have taken up planting in States this kind of as Telangana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, among the other individuals.
The transplanting of paddy will continue in several States until the finish of this month when sowing for the greater part of the crops for the time has appear to an finish. This raise in acreages has lifted the prospects for yet an additional bumper harvest this cropping time.
Timely arrival of monsoon and surplus precipitation, coupled with the availability of timely inputs like farm labour has boosted the total kharif acreage by about 6 per cent this 12 months to a record one,104.54 lakh ha. The sowing figures are expected to be finalised by October one.
Though Punjab has witnessed a decline of about one.eighty three lakh ha in paddy location as farmers have switched above to cotton and maize, other individuals rice-creating States this kind of as West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Manipur have registered an raise in acreages.
Whole acreage underneath pulses has risen 4.sixty four per cent with moongbean location clocking an raise of sixteen per cent, adopted by pigeonpea at 6.forty one per cent. The harvest of moong has presently commenced in Karnataka and Maharashtra, the place prices are ruling down below the bare minimum guidance value of ₹7,185 per quintal.
Among coarse cereals, acreage underneath ragi has registered a expansion of 6.3 per cent, when bajra and jowar and maize have clocked a marginal raise. Having said that, the location underneath smaller millets has declined marginally.
Oilseeds acreage has risen by about eleven per cent above last 12 months, with groundnut location registering an raise of thirty.76 per cent. Soyabean has also registered a 7 per cent raise. The latest hefty rain and flooding in parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh has strike the standing crop and the top quality of the develop is likely to be impacted in some locations of these States. Region underneath sugarcane has absent up by one.37 per cent to 52.forty six lakh ha, when cotton has observed an raise of 2.twelve per cent above last 12 months. Jute and mesta location has also observed an raise of one.68 per cent at 6.ninety seven lakh ha.
A assertion from Agriculture Ministry reported that Covid-19 has experienced no effects on the progress of location protection underneath kharif crops until date. The timely prepositioning of inputs by the federal government like seeds, pesticides, fertilisers, equipment and credit has made it probable for substantial protection in the course of pandemic lockdown circumstances. Credit goes to farmers for timely action and adoption of systems and using benefit of federal government techniques, the assertion reported.