September 24, 2023

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Kharif area trails despite late surge in paddy

Regardless of the space below paddy attaining traction in the last leg of kharif sowing year, the full acreage is set to at some point end a tad decreased than last calendar year. The full kharif space, as of mid-September, stood at 1105.19 lakh hectares (lh) — .eighty three for each cent decreased than previous year’s 1114.fifty lh.

Monsoon’s pause aspect

Right after a sluggish commence because of to the south-west monsoon having a “break” in mid-June and early July, predominantly in pieces of Western and Central India, farmers have bridged the gap in acreageplanting a lot more of paddy, pulses these types of as tur and urad, sugarcane, jute and mesta.

Prolonged dry spells, which includes yet another “break” in early August, through monsoon year have impacted sowing in Gujarat, the biggest producer of cotton and groundnut, and Rajasthan, the significant producer of bajra.

Seasonal rainfall for the place as a entire was 4 for each cent decreased than usual. Parts of East, North-East and North West India had eleven for each cent deficit.Only the South witnessed a surplus rainfall of twelve for each this monsoon.

Kharif Scorecard

(Region in lakh hectares as on Sept seventeen)








one hundred forty.72


Coarse Cereals


178.eighty three





fifty four.ninety seven

fifty four.08

Jute & Mesta


6.ninety four



126.ninety seven




Resource: Agriculture Ministry

Above the past week, paddy acreage amplified by about 5 lh to 414.eighteen lh, as transplantation is nevertheless likely on in some pieces of the place such as South. Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have viewed the paddy space likely up in excess of last week.

Money crops’ space down

Other crops these types of as pulses, coarse cereals, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton also confirmed a marginal increase in excess of the last week. Though the sowing of these crops has ended, information keep on to trickle, ensuing a marginal increase in the space sown.

Region below sugarcane has amplified and so also jute and mesta. Cotton space is viewed settling decreased by in excess of five for each cent this calendar year.

Amongst coarse cereals, maize at 81.52 lh and ragi at 10.35 lh and smaller millets at 4.77 lh have acquired acreage, even though jowar at 14.sixty five lh and bajra at sixty three.forty lh have viewed a decrease.

Amongst oilseeds, groundnut at forty nine.14 lh, sesamum at thirteen.31 lh and castor at 6.96 lh shed floor. Soyabean has acquired space at 121.77 lh.

In pulses, tur has crossed fifty lh, even though space below urad has edged up to 39.forty three lh. Region below moong has declined to 35.twenty five lh.