According to the government, so far sowing of rice, pulses and oilseeds has been less than last year. However, the area under coarse cereals, cotton and sugarcane has increased.
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Due to deficient rains in some parts of the country, the area under paddy crop has declined by 5.62 per cent to 383.99 lakh hectare so far in the current Kharif season. This information has been given in the data released on Friday by the Ministry of Agriculture. In the same period a year ago, paddy was sown in 406.89 lakh hectares. Paddy is the main Kharif crop and its sowing begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June and is harvested from October. Production is expected to be affected due to reduced sowing. At the same time, the Meteorological Department has given an estimate that there may be more rain than normal in the month of September.
how much less area
So far in the current Kharif season, the area under paddy sown in Jharkhand is 9.80 lakh hectare less than last year, while in Madhya Pradesh 6.32 lakh hectare, West Bengal 4.45 lakh hectare, Chhattisgarh 3.91 lakh hectare, Uttar Pradesh 2.61 lakh hectare and The area under paddy sowing in Bihar is 2.18 lakh hectare less than last year. While Odisha (84,000 hectares), Andhra Pradesh (31,000 hectares), Assam (29,000 hectares), Meghalaya (21,000 hectares), Punjab (12,000 hectares), Jammu and Kashmir (5,000 hectares), Mizoram (3,000 hectares), Sikkim (2,000 hectares) ) and Tripura (1,000 hectares), there has been no significant decline in paddy sown area.
What is the effect of rain on other crops
Apart from paddy, there has been a slight decline in sowing of pulses with 129.55 lakh hectares so far in the current Kharif season. This area was 135.46 lakh hectare in the same period a year ago. The area under urad is 36.62 lakh hectare, as against 38.18 lakh hectare in the same period last year. The area under oilseeds is also lagging as it was sown in 188.51 lakh hectare till September 2 in the current kharif season. This area was 189.66 lakh hectare in the same period a year ago.
which crops were grown
However, in case of coarse-co-nutritive cereals, the sowing has increased to 178.96 lakh hectare as against 171.62 lakh hectare in the same period last year. Among cash crops, the area under cotton has increased to 125.69 lakh hectare and the area under sugarcane has increased slightly from 55.65 lakh hectare in comparison to the same period a year ago. The data shows that the area under jute/mesta cultivation remained almost unchanged at 6.95 lakh hectares so far in the current Kharif season. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the country has received six percent excess southwest monsoon rainfall during the June-August period. However, the eastern and northeastern regions of the country have received 19 per cent less rainfall in the same period. Monthly rainfall during September is likely to be above normal across the country.