According to the Meteorological Department, between June 1 and August 10 this year, the country has received 8 per cent excess rainfall of the southwest monsoon, but the eastern and northeastern parts have received 16 per cent less rainfall.
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So far sowing of paddy in the current Kharif season has declined by 12.39 percent to 309.79 lakh hectares. The reason for this is the low sowing area, especially in Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Ministry of Agriculture has given this information. According to the ministry, apart from paddy, the area under sowing of pulses and oilseeds is also less in this Kharif (summer) season as compared to the same period last year. Rice It is the main Kharif crop, the sowing of which begins with the onset of the south-west monsoon from June. About 80 percent of the country’s total production comes from this season. Reducing sowing of crops has raised fears of a fall in production and a rise in the prices of rice and pulses.
Sowing area decreased the most in Jharkhand
According to the latest data released by the ministry, the area under paddy sown till August 12 in the current kharif season was 309.79 lakh hectares as against 353.62 lakh hectares in the same period a year ago. In Jharkhand, paddy has been sown in only 3.88 lakh hectare so far this season, which was 15.25 lakh hectare in the same period a year ago. Similarly, in West Bengal, paddy was sown in less than 24.3 lakh hectares, compared to 35.53 lakh hectares last year. According to the data, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, In Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Tripura, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Goa, Sikkim and Mizoram, sowing of paddy has also decreased.
The fall in the area of pulses and oilseeds
There has been a slight decline in the area under sowing of pulses and oilseeds in this Kharif season so far. In the current season till August 12, the area under sowing of pulses is 122.11 lakh hectares, which was 127.22 lakh hectares in the same period a year ago. During the same period, tur cultivation has come down to 42 lakh hectares as against 47.55 lakh hectares last year. The area under oilseeds has also come down in this Kharif season. So far, oilseeds have been sown in 180.43 lakh hectares in the current Kharif season as against 181.83 lakh hectares last year. This decline is mainly due to less groundnut sown. A little more than . Among cash crops, area under sugarcane increased to 55.20 lakh hectare as against 54.52 lakh hectare, while area under cotton cultivation increased to 123.09 lakh hectare as against 116.15 lakh hectare earlier. The data shows that the area under jute/mesta remained almost unchanged at 6.94 lakh hectare as compared to a year ago. According to the Meteorological Department, between June 1 and August 10 this year, the country has received 8 per cent excess rainfall of the southwest monsoon, but the eastern and northeastern parts have received 16 per cent less rainfall.