Higher rice, sugarcane growing area raises kharif sowing

Nearly three percent of rice area  and  7.6 percent of sugarcane area increased the current kharif crop coverage by 3.5 percent. Data from the Ministry of Land and Agriculture  showed that the cultivated area of ​​pulses, oilseeds and cotton  decreased. The crude grain cover was up 1.64 percent from Friday. So far, 409.41 lakh hectares (lh) have been covered with rice, compared to 389.58 lh a year ago. Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are among the states that have helped increase coverage. 

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu  reported lower cultivated area this kharif. 

Concern 

 Pulses are still a concern. Compared to  127.57 lh a year ago, the cultivated area of ​​cereals decreased by more than five percent to 121 lh. While Rajasthan  reported an increase in coverage, major states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh  reported a sharp drop in  coverage. Of the crops,  the cultivated area of ​​tur (pigeon pea) decreased significantly by 2.59 lh, the cultivated area of ​​moong (green gram) by 2.47 lh and the cultivated area of ​​urad (black mat) by 0.72. lh. While the coverage of coarse grains increased, the area under jowar and ragi decreased. Coverage is lower especially in Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Karnataka and Maharashtra, while the area is higher in Madhya Pradesh. The cultivated area of ​​oil crops is more than one percent less, while the coverage of groundnut, sunflower and sesame is lower, but the area of ​​soybean is greater, at 125.57 lh. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are experiencing growth, but coverage is lower in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Sugarcane area  is higher at 4.26 lh (59.91 lh) and coverage is higher  in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab while  lower in Karnataka, Gujarat and Haryana. Cotton sowing fell more than three percent to 123.22 lh, with farmers from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha showing interest. But farmers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana  planted less.  

Lower storage level 

 Meanwhile, the storage level of the country’s 150 largest reservoirs is 117.699 billion cubic meters (BCM), which is lower than the average of the last 10 years. In nearly 23 water reservoirs in the country, the storage level  is 50 percent lower than usual. The level remains uncertain in Bihar, where it is  77 percent below normal, while Tamil Nadu is 57 percent below normal.

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