India’s rabi sowing is accelerating as the wheat deficit narrows

The  wheat seeding deficit narrowed  to 5 percent this week from more than 11 percent last week as farmers brought in more grain. The development was expected as Diwali activity usually picks up after Diwali. But experts say at least another 100 lakh hectares (lh) must be cultivated by the end of the month to avoid the adverse effects of El Nino. According to the latest data, the sown area of ​​all rabi crops  reached 248.59 lh till November 17, which is 3 percent less than 257.46 lh a year ago. Wheat sowing reached 86.02 lh, which is 5 percent lower than 91.02 lh a year ago. “Rabi crop prospects appear to be good based on feedback  from states,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.  11.-17.11. in the period they imported 37.51 lh of wheat, a year earlier it was 36.29 lh, that is  3 percent more.  

  Under reporting in  Rajasthan M.P 

   “There were no reports in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as workers were being picked,” the official said, adding that the situation would be rectified in the coming weeks. Sowing of staple wheat, pulses and some oilseeds will also be slightly delayed this year due to late harvest of kharif-grown paddy in some states, the official said. Madhya Pradesh reported 3.44 hectares of wheat, 1.74 hectares of pulses and over 19,000 hectares of oilseeds till Friday. Similarly, Rajasthan reported 68,000 hectares more area under wheat but 1.92 lh less area under pulses and 3.53 lh less area under oilseeds. At least 60 percent of the normal wheat cultivation area must be covered by November-March, which is usually done to avoid a possible lower yield if there is an abnormal rise in temperature in February-March, said agricultural scientist S K Singh. Singh suggested using potassium on the  wheat to help maintain water levels when temperatures rise.

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