The country is lagging behind in sowing of Kharif crops, this year there is a decrease of 22 percent compared to last year

Despite the forecast of normal monsoon in the country and the onset of monsoon this time, this time the Kharif crops (Kharif CropsThe start of sowing has not been good. According to the data released by the Agriculture Department, in the first fortnight of the season, this year sowing is about 22 percent less than last year.Crop Acreage Area) happened. Experts say that this delay has been due to the irregularity of the monsoon. Santosh K Bal, project coordinator of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Agro-Metrology of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research said that although the southwest monsoon had entered Kerala in 2022, peninsular and central India had 41 more than normal by June 12. There was 69 percent less rain.

He said that most of the farms in central and southern India are dependent on rain for irrigation. This is the reason why farmers (FarmersDue to insufficient rains in these areas, so far they have not even started sowing of Kharif crops. Monsoon (MonsoonDue to this, the data of the Agriculture Department has shown that the sowing of oilseed crops has been affected the most. There was a 40-45 per cent decline in the sowing of pulses, especially tur and moong. Till the second week ending June 10 this year, crops have been sown in 6.65 million hectares in the country, while in 2021, crops were sown in 8.52 million hectares during these two weeks. This means the crop has been sown in 1.87 million hectares this year.

Decrease in sowing of pulses and oilseeds

According to Down to Earth, sowing of paddy, the main crop of Kharif season, is also lagging behind. About 0.65 million hectares of paddy was sown till the second week of June last year. Whereas this year only 0.64 lakh hectares have been sown this year. Similarly, pulses crop was sown in 0.27 lakh hectare last year, which is 0.20 lakh hectare this year. Last year, coarse cereals were sown in 0.45 lakh hectares. This year they have been sown in 0.31 million hectares. Talking about maize, till June 10 last year it was sown in 0.34 million hectares, but this time it has been sown in 0.25 million hectares. Last year oilseeds were sown in 0.19 lakh hectares, whereas this year oilseeds crops have been sown in only 0.13 million hectares.

Increase in sowing of sugarcane

However, this year there has been an increase in the sowing of sugarcane. Last year till the second week of June, sugarcane was cultivated in 4.63 lakh hectares. Whereas so far this year it has been called in 4.71 lakh hectare area. Talking about the state-wise figures, till the second week of June last year in Uttar Pradesh, 2.35 lakh hectares were sown in Uttar Pradesh till the second week of June last year, but this year only 2.27 lakh hectares have been sown.

Gujarat has more sowing than last year

In Maharashtra, crops have been sown in only one million hectares instead of 1.04 lakh hectares. Whereas in neighboring Karnataka 0.73 MHA has been sown instead of 0.82 MHA. In West Bengal, 0.52 million hectares were sown last year, but this time 0.51 million hectares have been sown. In Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan also sowing has been very less. Till June 10 last year, about 0.45 lakh hectare was sown in Punjab, but this time only 0.16 lakh hectare has been sown. Gujarat is the only state where more sowing has been done till the second week of June as compared to last year. Here, 0.25 hectare has been sown as compared to 0.26 lakh hectare.

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