Kharif sowing crosses 100 million hectares

Buoyed by a major 14 per cent improve in planting of oilseeds and rice, the whole area beneath kharif crops so considerably crossed 1,000 lakh hectares (lh) currently and is all set to clock a new history in whole cropped area.

Kharif sowing details released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday reported a whole of 1,016 lh has been planted so considerably, almost nine per cent extra than 936 lh sown in the corresponding 7 days past calendar year.

Rice is set to witness a history planting area. Rice planting has currently protected 352 lh, 14 per cent extra than 309 lh planted in the same 7 days in the former kharif period. Significant kharif oilseeds – soyabean and groundnut – currently surpassed the acreage which is viewed as typical. Even though soyabean is planted around 119 lh, almost 7 per cent extra than 111 lh protected in the same 7 days in the former period, groundnut area has absent up by a major forty one per cent to 49 lh as in comparison to same period past calendar year. This has pushed the oilseeds area to 187 lh, 14 per cent extra than sixty four lh in the corresponding 7 days in kharif 2019.

The improve in pulses acreage may well be a marginal two per cent, but important pulses crops – arhar, moong and urad – have recorded an improve in planted area with moong and urad currently surpassing the typical area of cropping. The whole area beneath pulses crops so considerably is 124 lh.

An improve in sown area of bajra and maize have resulted in coarse cereals recording a almost 4 per cent development around the former kharif period. So considerably, coarse cereals have been planted around 168 lh as versus 162 lh in the corresponding 7 days past calendar year.

At 125 lh, the area beneath cotton much too is marginally bigger than that in the same 7 days in the former calendar year.

The region as a total has acquired 578 millimetres of rainfall in the current monsoon period, which is two per cent extra than the typical of 569 mm. The 123 reservoirs monitored by the Central H2o Fee have cumulative storage which is 88 per cent of the same in the corresponding 7 days past calendar year.