Kharif sowing has commenced on a sluggish note in spite of monsoon offering a 10 for each cent surplus in June, the initially of the four-month rainy season. Total acreage was down by 21 for each cent as of June 25, compared with the same period of time a calendar year back as monsoon turned erratic in parts of Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, hurting the development of sowing.
Even though transplantation of paddy, the most important kharif crop, has commenced on a beneficial note, the planting of pulses, cotton and oilseeds has been instead tepid, according to early established of figures produced by the Agriculture Ministry.
Paddy cultivation was increased by about 4 for each cent at 36.15 lakh hectare (lh) more than same period of time earlier calendar year. States such as Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and West Bengal have noted increased acreage beneath paddy, although Odisha,