Copious rains and timely onset of monsoon have lifted the acreage
Ample rains during recent cyclone Nisarga and better than normal monsoon activity have helped farmers plant more oilseeds, pulses and coarse cereals crops, taking the entire area under kharif sowing to 131 lakh hectares (lh) — which is almost 40 per cent quite the 94 lh within the corresponding week last year, consistent with data released from Agriculture Ministry on Friday.
Oilseeds, pulses gain
Farmers have planted oilseeds over 14.3 lh as against just 1.6 lh within the same period last year. there's a considerable increase in area under both groundnut and soyabean crops. If groundnut planted area was 10 lh in the week as compared to 0.6 lh within the same week in 2019-20, the soyabean area went up to three .5 lh (0.53 lh).
There is a spectacular increase in coarse cereals coverage, too.
Thanks to increase in planting of maize and bajra this year, the acreage of coarse cereals increased to quite 19 lh in the week as compared to 7.8 lh within the corresponding week within the previous year.
Pulses, cash crops
Because of a spurt in arhar and moong planting, the world under pulses increased by 107 per cent to 4.6 lh (2.2 lh).
The area under cotton, too, moved up by 58 per cent as compared to same week last kharif season — from 18.2 lh to 28.8 lh in the week . the world under rice and sugarcane remained more or less same because the same period last year at 10 lh and 48.6 lh, respectively.
Apart from increased soil moisture thanks to frequent summer showers and copious rains brought by cyclones, the South-West monsoon has been very active since its onset in Kerala on June 1.
According to the Met Department, the country as an entire received a rainfall of 108.3 mm against the traditional of 82.4 mm during the amount between June 1 and June 18.
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