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Paddy sowing area increased in kharif season, 17% more planting than last year

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Rice sowing up 17percent so far this Kharif season

new Delhi. So far, the area under paddy planting in the crop year 2020-21 (July to June) has increased by 17.33 percent to 220.24 lakh hectare from the same time last year. Last year till date, 187.70 lakh hectares had been planted. The Ministry of Agriculture has given this information on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that the Indian government is taking several measures to facilitate the functioning of farming during the Kovid-19 epidemic. There has been satisfactory progress in the area under kharif sowing. So far, the total area under paddy is 6.50 lakh hectare in Uttar Pradesh, 6.10 lakh hectare in Jharkhand, 5.98 lakh hectare in Madhya Pradesh, 5.66 lakh hectare in Bihar, 3.57 lakh hectare in Chhattisgarh, 2.80 lakh hectare in West Bengal and 2.50 lakh hectare in Telangana. Paddy is planted in hectares.

The area under pulses has increased by 5.74 percent to 99.71 lakh hectare and the area under coarse cereals has increased by 14 percent to 137.13 lakh hectare. Sowing of oilseeds has reached 166.36 lakh hectares, up 24.56 percent from 133.56 lakh hectares in the same period last year. The total area under cultivation of all kharif crops increased by 18.50 percent to 799.95 lakh hectare as compared to 675.07 lakh hectare in the same period last year.

The ministry said that the Central Water Commission (CWC) has reported that water storage in 123 reservoirs in different parts of the country was equal to 155 percent of the same period last year.

This post was published on July 25, 2020 10:28 am

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