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Kharif area trails despite late surge in paddy

Inspite of the region underneath paddy gaining traction in the previous leg of kharif sowing year, the overall acreage is set to inevitably stop a tad decreased than previous yr. The overall kharif region, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .83 per cent decreased than past year’s 1114.50 lh.

Monsoon’s pause element

Right after a sluggish start out owing to the south-west monsoon using a “break” in mid-June and early July, largely in areas of Western and Central India, farmers have bridged the hole in acreageplanting extra of paddy, pulses this kind of as tur and urad, sugarcane, jute and mesta.

Extended dry spells, which consists of one more “break” in early August, during monsoon year have impacted sowing in Gujarat, the major producer of cotton and groundnut, and Rajasthan, the big producer of bajra.

Seasonal rainfall for the state as a whole was 4 per cent decreased than usual. Areas of East, North-East and North West India had 11 per cent deficit.Only the South witnessed a surplus rainfall of twelve per this monsoon.

Kharif Scorecard

(Region in lakh hectares as on Sept seventeen)








a hundred and forty.seventy two


Coarse Cereals




193.ninety five

196.forty five


54.ninety seven


Jute & Mesta




119.sixty six

126.ninety seven




Supply: Agriculture Ministry

Around the past 7 days, paddy acreage improved by about 5 lh to 414.18 lh, as transplantation is even now heading on in some areas of the state including South. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have witnessed the paddy region heading up above previous 7 days.

Money crops’ region down

Other crops this kind of as pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton also showed a marginal enhance above the previous 7 days. Though the sowing of these crops has finished, data keep on to trickle, resulting a marginal enhance in the region sown.

Region underneath sugarcane has improved and so also jute and mesta. Cotton region is witnessed settling decreased by above 5 per cent this yr.

Among coarse cereals, maize at 81.fifty two lh and ragi at ten.35 lh and small millets at four.77 lh have attained acreage, even though jowar at 14.sixty five lh and bajra at 63.40 lh have witnessed a decline.

Among oilseeds, groundnut at forty nine.14 lh, sesamum at 13.31 lh and castor at 6.ninety six lh dropped floor. Soyabean has attained region at 121.77 lh.

In pulses, tur has crossed 50 lh, even though region underneath urad has edged up to 39.forty three lh. Region underneath moong has declined to 35.twenty five lh.