Delayed monsoon brings down kharif sowing by 5%

Even as the monsoon deficit narrowed to 31 percent of normal on Friday from 47 percent in the previous week, sowing progress reported a further decline as rains were mainly confined to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and some parts of the eastern and north-eastern regions. Cotton sown areas, which were higher than last year till last week, fell for the first time as cultivation in Maharashtra was affected due to lack of monsoon.

Official data on the Ministry of Agriculture portal showed that the total area sown with kharif crops decreased by 4.5 percent at 129.52 lakh hectares as of June 23, compared to 135.64 lakh in the same period last year.

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The area of ​​rice, which is the main autumn grain, decreased by 34.6 percent at 10.77 liters, while all pulses combined recorded a rise of 3.8 percent at 6.54 liters, and the area of ​​oilseeds decreased by 3.3 percent at 9.21 liters. However, the sowing area under feeders and coarse grains was reported to increase by 37.9 percent at 18.45 L due to the increase in bagra sowing. The cane volume is slightly higher than last year and came in at 50.76 liters. However, the sources also said that there may be an upward adjustment in the sugarcane area to 56.76 liters if some data from the states is found to be correct.

Among the pulses, tor were sowed at 0.62 L up to 23 June (versus 1.8 L a year earlier), muong 3.83 L (2.72 L) and radd at 0.55 L (0.79 L). In the oilseeds category, sowing of peanuts was reported at 7.68 L (6.78 L) and soybean at 0.99 L (1.55 L). In coarse grains, the area of ​​maize was 7.59 lt (9.78 L), bagra 9.91 TL (2.26 L), and jowar 0.31 TL (0.54 L).

Cotton is going down

Cotton acreage which took the lead this year decreased by 14.2 per cent to 28.02 liters from 32.67 liters with lower cultivation in Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka. But, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have reported a rise in the area of ​​cotton-cultivated land. The area of ​​jute and mista recorded a decrease of 12.2 percent at 5.77 liters.

Data from the Central Water Committee showed that the storage level in the country’s 146 major reservoirs amounted to 26 percent of the total live storage capacity of 178.185 billion cubic meters on June 22. This was two percentage points lower than in the same period. A year ago, but higher than usual.

Sowing activities are set to pick up next week, particularly in states where the monsoon arrived on Friday, officials said. The monsoon covered more areas in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on Friday, earlier than the official forecast.

“Conditions are favorable for further advance of the southwest monsoon over some other parts of southern peninsular India, remaining parts of Odisha, West Bengal Gangetic, Jharkhand, Bihar and some parts of Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh within the next 2-3 days. ,” the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on June 22. By June 25, the monsoon usually covers all states except Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir. Even half of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat will be covered by then.

Friday’s bulletin showed that the monsoon has advanced further in some other parts of Karnataka, Telangana, remaining parts of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and some parts of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

In issuing the forecast for the next two weeks, IMD said conditions are also becoming favorable for further advance of the monsoon over some other parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana over the next 3-4 days.