Rice: Rice acreage is down 35% so far in this kharif crop; beans, coarse grains increase area

area below paddy has decreased by almost 35% to 10.77 thousand ha so far in the ongoing kharif (summer sowing) season. Rice area reached 16.46 thousand hectares in the same period last year, according to agriculture ministry data.

Covered area for pulse higher at 6.54 lakh ha so far compared to 6.30 lakh ha in the same period last year, the ministry said in a statement.

Shri Anna-cum-Coarse Raw Grain acreage is higher at 18.95 lakh ha so far compared to 13.38 lakh ha in the same period last year.

The area planted with oilseeds decreased slightly to 9.21 thousand ha from 9,52 thousand ha.

The area planted to cotton also decreased to 28.02 thousand hectares so far from 32.67 thousand hectares last year. Sugarcane planting area has remained unchanged at 50.76 thousand hectares so far this year compared to 50.74 thousand hectares.

The total area of ​​all major kharif crops was 129.53 thousand hectares on Friday (June 23) compared with 133.64 thousand hectares in the same period last year. Rice is the main kharif crop, sowing usually begins when the southwest monsoon begins. About 80 percent of the country’s total rice production comes from kharif season. Earlier this week, Agriculture Commissioner PK Singh said, “Rice planting has just started and so far has been good in areas with rain. It is increasing as the monsoon progresses in different parts of the land. water”.

In some places, farmers have already started to prepare nurseries, he said.

In the nursery, the first rice seed is sown and grows into a young plant. The plants are then uprooted and replanted in the main field.

The southwest monsoon hit India on June 8 with a start in Kerala compared to the normal day of June 1.

India is expected to have normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon season though El Nino conditions, the IMD said earlier.

El Niño, a warming of sea levels in the Pacific Ocean near South America, is often associated with a weakening monsoon and dry weather in India.

This year’s El Nino follows three consecutive waves La Nina year. La Nina, the opposite phenomenon to El Nino, usually brings good rainfall during the monsoon season.


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