Kharif rice production is likely to decline, but the production of pulses and oilseeds  may decline if the area under cultivation is reduced.

The government believes it will reach the rice production target of 111 million tonnes (mt) in the current kharif season following increased area sown and favorable weather conditions in key growing areas. However, the production of pulses and oilseeds  may decline, adding that excess production of Chana in this year’s rabi season  may help cover the shortage of pulses, while imports of edible oils may increase slightly. 

 “Rice has been a major concern and we hope to meet the target. Even if it is missed, it will not miss last season’s production of 110 million tons,” said a senior agriculture ministry official. As the sowing for pulses and oilseeds has ended and due to the lack of rain in August, the total production of pulses and oilseeds  may be less,

 Plants sown late will be useful 

 The late crops, which are now in bloom, will benefit from the current  rain across the country. The agriculture ministry on Monday said the area under rice cultivation for the ongoing kharif season  reached 403.41 lakh hectares (lh) as of September 8, up  3 percent from  a year ago. The average rice area of ​​the last five years is 399.45 lh.  After the 36 percent lack of rain in August,  this month (September 1-11) has 5 percent less precipitation than usual. Most of the states, except Rajasthan,  received rain, especially in the east and northeast, where it receives heavy rain. Overall, the area under cultivation of all kharif crops  reached 1,088.5 lh compared to 1,088.02 lh a year ago.

Sowing progress card in lakh hectare

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