Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday expressed hope that monsoon rains, that are essential for Kharif sowing, will progress within the coming days and stated it’s too early to touch upon the paddy acreage.

Information from the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that as of July 15, the paddy sowing was down by 17.4 per cent to 128.50 lakh hectares (LH) this Kharif season as in opposition to 155.53 LH within the corresponding interval of the earlier yr. Nevertheless, the sowing areas of pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds are larger by 7-9 per cent.

The climate workplace has forecast a standard monsoon this yr.

Requested concerning the progress of Kharif sowing operation and lesser space beneath paddy thus far, Tomar stated: “It’s too early to say something. I hope that monsoon rains will come”.

On whether or not a 17 per cent fall in paddy acreage will get lined, he stated: “I really feel that it is too early to remark. We should always wait.”

The minister was talking on the sidelines of the 94th basis day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Analysis (ICAR).

Former Agriculture Commissioner S Okay Malhotra stated the window for paddy sowing is until August 10 and there’s sufficient time to refill the hole.

Paddy acreage has improved within the final one week in comparison with the earlier week. Sowing was down 24 per cent as of July 8. The rains this month will probably be essential to compensate for the autumn within the acreage of paddy.

India obtained 14 per cent extra rainfall than regular for the season however states akin to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand have witnessed poor rains.

The rainfall deficiency in Uttar Pradesh was 65 per cent than regular with the state receiving simply 77.3 mm of rainfall as in opposition to the conventional of 220 mm between June 1 and July 15. In Jharkhand, the rainfall deficiency was 49 per cent whereas in Bihar it was 42 per cent.

Within the foodgrain class, the world beneath protection for pulses elevated by 9 per cent to 72.66 LH from 66.69 LH within the year-ago interval.

The sowing space of coarse cereals is up 8 per cent to 93.91 LH from 87.06 LH, even because the acreage of maize is all the way down to 49.90 LH from 56.69 LH. Space beneath protection for bajra jumped to 34.46 LH from 20.88 LH.

Within the non-food grains class, the world beneath oilseeds grew 7.38 per cent to 134.04 LH from 124.83 LH. Beneath oilseeds, soyabean space is up 10 per cent to 99.35 LH from 90.32 LH. The cotton acreage is up 6.44 per cent thus far to 102.8 LH from 96.58 LH. Sugarcane space is marginally all the way down to 53.31 LH from 53.70 LH.

Space beneath jute and mesta is barely much less thus far at 6.89 LH in comparison with 6.92 LH in the identical interval final yr.

The overall space beneath protection for Kharif is up marginally to 592.11 LH as of July 15 within the ongoing Kharif season from 591.3 LH in the identical interval final yr.

The sowing of Kharif crops begins with the onset of the southwest monsoon in June. Paddy is a significant Kharif (summer-sown) crop.

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