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Will “monsoon inflation” dominate rice and tur dal? So far sowing of paddy in Kharif season is 12.39% less

Photo:FILE Kharif Season

After the low yield of wheat in Rabi season, now bad news is also coming about Kharif crop. In the initial phase, it is not possible to compensate for the backward sowing of paddy due to the indifference of monsoon. According to government data, so far sowing of paddy in the current Kharif season has declined by 12.39 percent to 309.79 lakh hectares. The reason for this is the low sowing area, especially in Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Area of ​​pulses and oilseeds also backward

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there has been no decrease in sowing of paddy only this time. In fact, the area under sowing of pulses and oilseeds is also less in this Kharif (summer) season as compared to the same period last year. Paddy is the main Kharif crop, sowing of which begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June. About 80 percent of the total production of the country comes from this season.

This is the condition of Kharif sowing










Crop Sowing Area (August 2022) (Lakh Ha) August 2021 (lakh hectare)
Rice 309.79 353.62
Pulses 122.11 127.22
oilseeds 180.43 181.83
coarse grains 166.43 161.33
Sugarcane 55.20 54.52
Cotton 123.09 116.15

Source: Ministry of Agriculture

Situation critical in Jharkhand and West Bengal

In Jharkhand, paddy has been sown in only 3.88 lakh hectare so far this season, which was 15.25 lakh hectare in the same period a year ago. Similarly, in West Bengal too, paddy was sown less in 24.3 lakh hectares as compared to 35.53 lakh hectares last year. According to the data, sowing of paddy has also decreased in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Tripura, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Goa, Sikkim and Mizoram during the said period.

Also backward in pulses and oilseeds

Sowing of pulses is also lagging behind this year. Talking about the highest yielding tur dal, this year the area is 42 lakh hectares, whereas last year so far 47.55 lakh hectares were sown. Talking about oilseeds, sowing of groundnut here has been very less. However, so far this kharif season, coarse-co-nutritive cereals have been sown in 166.43 lakh hectares as against 161.33 lakh hectares in the corresponding period a year ago.

Better position in cash crops

Talking about cash crops, the situation is looking better. The area under sugarcane increased to 55.20 lakh hectare as against 54.52 lakh hectare, while the area under cotton cultivation increased to 123.09 lakh hectare as against 116.15 lakh hectare earlier. The data shows that the area under jute/mesta remained almost unchanged at 6.94 lakh hectares as compared to a year ago. This year till August 12, the sown area of ​​all Kharif crops has come down by 37.63 lakh hectare to 963.99 lakh hectare.

Less rain in East India

According to the Meteorological Department, between June 1 and August 10 this year, the country has received 8 per cent excess rainfall of the southwest monsoon, but the eastern and northeastern parts have received 16 per cent less rainfall.

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