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Oil seed sowing up 14.41 percent in kharif season so far


Oil seed sowing up 14.41 percent in kharif season

new Delhi. Due to good rains, the area under sowing of oilseeds has increased by 14.41 percent to 187.14 lakh hectare in the current kharif season. This information has been given in the latest figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture. During the last year, now the last oilseed crops were sown in 163.57 lakh hectares. The increase in sowing of oilseed crops is good news, as India is largely dependent on imports to meet the demand for domestic edible oils. The thrust of the government is to take the country towards self-sufficiency in the matter of oilseed production. Soybean, groundnut, sesame, sunflower and Ram sesame are the major oilseeds of the Kharif season. Their crop is ready after October. As per the ministry data, farmers have sown soybeans in 118.99 lakh hectares till August 14 in the current kharif season, compared to 111.46 lakh hectares in the same period a year ago. The area under sowing of groundnut crop has increased from 35.01 lakh hectare to 49.37 lakh hectare, while the area under sesame has increased from 11.82 lakh hectare to 12.80 lakh hectare and the area under castor seed cultivation has increased from 3.83 hectare to 4.18 lakh hectare in the said period.

Besides, till date the area under pulses has increased marginally to 124.01 lakh hectare as compared to 121.50 lakh hectare in the corresponding period last year. The area under sowing of paddy, the major kharif crop, has been increased by 14 per cent over 1,015.58 lakh hectare as compared to the same period last year as compared to 935.70 lakh hectare in the last kharif season. The area under coarse grain sowing has increased to 168.12 lakh hectare as compared to 162.28 lakh hectare in the same period last year.

Among cash crops, cotton has been sown so far in the current kharif season with a slight increase over an area of ​​125.48 lakh hectare as compared to 121.58 lakh hectare a year ago. The area under sugarcane sowing this time is 52.02 lakh hectare as against 51.40 lakh hectare earlier. Whereas this time jute has been sown in 6.96 lakh hectare, which was 6.85 lakh hectare earlier. According to the data of the ministry, the total area sown for kharif crops has increased by 8.5 percent to 1,015.58 lakh hectare in the kharif season of 2020-21, from 935.70 lakh hectare earlier. The actual rainfall received till August 13 in the country was 578.2 mm more than the normal rainfall of 569.2 mm. According to the Central Water Commission, 123 reservoirs have water equivalent to 88 percent of the same period last year.

This post was published on August 14, 2020 10:11 pm

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