Jump in rice, pulses planting pushes kharif area to 882 lakh ha

Rice and pulses acreage witnessed an raise of 19 for each cent so significantly above

Rice and pulses acreage witnessed an raise of 19 for each cent so significantly above last calendar year is all established to surpass usual area in the course of the latest kharif period.

In accordance to information released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday, the whole sown area underneath kharif crops till this week went up to 882 lakh hectares (lh) — 14 for each cent extra than 774 lh planted in the corresponding week last calendar year.

Farmers have planted rice above 266.6 lh, nearly 19 for each cent extra than 224 lh lined exact same week last calendar year. All-around 7 States which includes Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh accounted for considerably of this raise in rice planting.

In the same way, 37 for each cent raise in moong and urad planting pushed up the area underneath pulses crops by 19 for each cent to 112 lh this week as in comparison to corresponding week last calendar year. Considerably of this raise came from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Cultivation of four key crops — groundnut, soyabean, cotton and maize — has both surpassed or shut to surpassing the usual area (an typical area sown in the last 5 a long time).

Boost in bajra planting has aided thrust up whole area underneath coarse cereals crops by 6.5 for each cent to 148 lh. There is also marginal increase in acreage underneath jowar and maize.

Meanwhile, Central Water Commission, which displays key drinking water reservoirs in the region, said drinking water storage in 123 key reservoirs is forty one for each cent extra than the corresponding week last calendar year.