new Delhi. Encouraged by the above-average rains across the country in the current monsoon season, farmers have given full strength to the sowing of Kharif season crops, which has led to the acreage of all crops exceeding 1,000 lakh hectares. According to the official data released on Friday, 95.23 per cent of the average area of the sowing season of kharif crops has been sown, compared to about nine per cent more than the same period last year. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, till 14 August 2020, kharif crops have been sown in 1,015.58 lakh hectare, which is 8.54% higher than the same period last year.
The average area under sowing of all crops in this season is 1,066.44 lakh hectares, of which 95.23 percent is under cultivation and many crops are still under sowing. Agricultural experts say that this year the farmers have shown more interest in cultivation of coarse cereals and cotton along with major oilseed and pulses crops. However, the area under paddy, the main crop of the season, has also increased by 14.05 percent to 351.86 lakh hectare from the same period last year. The biggest increase has been in groundnut Rabke, which has increased by 41.02 percent to 49.37 lakh hectare over last year. Pulses crops have been sown on 124.01 lakh hectare, which is 2.07 percent more than last year.
At the same time, the area under oilseeds has increased by 14.41 percent to 187.14 lakh hectares. Farmers have sown coarse grains in 168.12 lakh hectare, which is 3.60 percent more than last year. Cotton is sown in 125.48 lakh hectare, 3.20 percent more than last year. Farmers have planted sugarcane crop in 52.02 lakh hectare, which is 1.21 percent more than last year. Agricultural scientists say that the progress of the monsoon has been better this year so far and sowing of crops is also increasing, so more production is expected than before.
According to the meteorological department, from June 1 to August 14 in the current monsoon season, the country has received two percent more rainfall than the average. So far during the monsoon, the country has received 591.4 mm of rainfall, while the average rainfall during this period is 578 mm. However, in five of the 36 meteorological divisions of the meteorological department, including western Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan, the monsoon has remained uninterested.
This post was published on August 15, 2020 2:46 pm
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