December 10, 2023

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Area under kharif crops slips further as rainfall deficit tops 10%


With rain deficit topping 10 for every cent from June 1 until Friday in the recent monsoon time, the coverage of kharif crops dropped further by 1.76 for every cent cent as opposed with the corresponding interval a 12 months back. Farmers have so considerably planted on 1,064 lakh hectares (lh) from 1,083 lh in the same interval a 12 months back. Last week, this gap in acreage was 1.56 for every cent.

The area underneath rice, oilseeds, cotton and coarse cereals has dropped, even though sowing of pulses and sugarcane are up. Between oilseeds, the coverage of soyabean has improved but that of groundnut and sesame is down. Maize area is up in the coarse cereals basket, but coverage of other grains has declined. In the pulses part, the area underneath arhar has improved, even though urad acreage is nearly unchanged but that of moong is down.

Deficiency in N-W

The fall in acreage is largely on account of over 50 for every cent deficient rainfall in Gujarat, significantly the Saurashtra location, even though in western Rajasthan the deficit is 22 for every cent. Even with the 10 for every cent deficient rainfall, kharif sowing has managed to continue to keep tempo with ordinary acreage as the distribution of the monsoon has been great. Absence of enough rainfall in north-western components has resulted in cotton remaining the most impacted. Its acreage is decrease by eight.5 for every cent 12 months-on-12 months (YoY). Region underneath cotton is down to 117 lh (128 lh).


Rice area edges down

According to information launched by the Agriculture Ministry, rice has been planted on 389 lh from 393 lh in the same interval past kharif time. Uttar Pradesh with over sixty lh, West Bengal with forty one lh and Chhattisgarh with practically 37 lh have recorded a increase in acreage underneath rice, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Whilst most States much more or much less maintained their acreage as opposed with past 12 months the past kharif time, there is a fall in planting in Chhattisgarh and an and an improved in Madhya Pradesh.

At practically 136 lh, the area underneath pulses is marginally bigger YoY. Arhar has been planted on over 49 lh ( as as opposed with forty seven lh). This YoYnot only accounted for the increase is maximize but even included for practically two for every cent fall in moong cultivation.

A marginal one particular for every cent maximize in soyabean area at 121.5 lh has not been ready to compensate for the fall in groundnut acreage and as a result the oilseeds area is 1.5 for every cent much less at 189.5 lh. The area underneath coarse cereals, too, is down by 1.six for every cent as as opposed with the same week a 12 months back at 169 lh.

Storage ranges down

Water storage in 130 reservoirs monitored by Central Water Fee is 108.58 billion cubic metre (BCM) as opposed with 130.sixty three BCM through the same interval a 12 months back.