A 6 per cent improve in monsoon rainfall has pushed up kharif sowing by eight.6 per cent compared to the identical week very last calendar year, with paddy heading for a history acreage with planting is nevertheless on.

Kharif sowing details for the week produced by Agriculture Ministry on Friday confirmed that planting was finished on one,063 lakh hectares (lha) compared to 979 lha in the corresponding week of the very last kharif year.

Much more space

There has been a considerable improve in planting of paddy in numerous States that received bountiful rains so significantly. These involve Telangana, which has sown paddy above an more ten.five lha, and Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh which have additional practically 6 lha every. Among the other States that have planted paddy in far more space are West Bengal (4.forty eight lha), Odisha (3.sixteen lha) and Karnataka (2.18 lha) compared to identical period very last calendar year. Incredibly, the paddy space in Punjab has occur down by one.seventy eight lha from the very last kharif year.

The whole space beneath paddy so significantly is 378 lha, practically 12 per cent far more than the 339 lha covered in the identical week very last calendar year.

 

Pulses up, way too

With Karnataka (3.52 lha), Maharashtra (2.sixteen lha), Telanagana (one.forty two lha) and Uttar Pradesh (one.07 lha) planting far more, the space beneath pulses went up 6.eight per cent to one,32.five lha. All a few major pulses – arhar, urad and moong – are reporting bigger acreage as compared to identical week very last calendar year.

Oilseeds planting, which has just about finished, registered a 14 per cent improve above very last calendar year, with the whole space going up to 191 lha, elevating the potential customers of bigger creation this calendar year. Major kharif oilseeds crops — soyabean and groundnut — have claimed bigger acreage as compared to very last calendar year, An additional crop that has carried out effectively in conditions of protection is cotton, at 127.7 lh, which is 3.4 per cent far more than the identical period very last calendar year. A great deal of the improve arrived from Telangana, which planted cotton above an more 6.11 ha, Karnataka (one.68 lha) and Punjab (one lha). Correspondingly, cotton planting is lower by 3.55 lha in Gujarat and by one.seventy nine lha in Maharashtra, two customarily-robust cotton States.

Till this week, the place as a whole received a rainfall of 663 millimetres against the usual of 628 mm. In the same way, 123 reservoirs monitored by the Central H2o Fee have ninety per cent of are living storage.