Inspite of the area underneath paddy getting traction in the last leg of kharif sowing time, the total acreage is established to sooner or later finish a tad decrease than last yr. The total kharif area, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .83 per cent decrease than prior year’s 1114.50 lh.

Monsoon’s pause variable

Following a sluggish begin owing to the south-west monsoon using a “break” in mid-June and early July, predominantly in parts of Western and Central India, farmers have bridged the hole in acreageplanting much more of paddy, pulses this kind of as tur and urad, sugarcane, jute and mesta.

Prolonged dry spells, which involves an additional “break” in early August, throughout monsoon time have impacted sowing in Gujarat, the premier producer of cotton and groundnut, and Rajasthan, the key producer of bajra.

Seasonal rainfall for the country as a complete was 4 per cent decrease than typical. Components of East, North-East and North West India had 11 per cent deficit.Only the South witnessed a surplus rainfall of twelve per this monsoon.

Kharif Scorecard

(Area in lakh hectares as on Sept seventeen)

Crop

2021

2020

Rice

414.18

413.34

Pulses

one hundred forty.seventy two

137.89

Coarse Cereals

174.70

178.83

Oilseeds

193.95

196.forty five

Sugarcane

54.ninety seven

54.08

Jute & Mesta

7.01

6.94

Cotton

119.66

126.ninety seven

Total

1105.19

1114.50

Resource: Agriculture Ministry

Over the past week, paddy acreage increased by about five lh to 414.18 lh, as transplantation is continue to going on in some parts of the country together with South. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have found the paddy area going up in excess of last week.

Money crops’ area down

Other crops this kind of as pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton also confirmed a marginal increase in excess of the last week. While the sowing of these crops has ended, information continue to trickle, resulting a marginal increase in the area sown.

Area underneath sugarcane has increased and so also jute and mesta. Cotton area is found settling decrease by in excess of 5 per cent this yr.

Amongst coarse cereals, maize at 81.52 lh and ragi at ten.35 lh and smaller millets at four.77 lh have received acreage, although jowar at 14.65 lh and bajra at 63.40 lh have found a drop.

Amongst oilseeds, groundnut at 49.14 lh, sesamum at 13.31 lh and castor at 6.96 lh dropped floor. Soyabean has received area at 121.77 lh.

In pulses, tur has crossed 50 lh, although area underneath urad has edged up to 39.43 lh. Area underneath moong has declined to 35.25 lh.