Planting of summer time crops has picked up and the whole acreage jumped by fifteen per cent to exceed fifty six lakh hectares till March 26 from 48.82 lakh ha all through the exact same period a calendar year back, as per the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare’s most current facts.
Paddy acreage went up to 36.87 lakh ha — an raise of sixteen per cent about exact same period a calendar year back, as farmers in states this kind of as West Bengal and Telangana planted far more location beneath the cereal crop.
The location beneath pulses increased to five.fifty three lakh ha (three.fifty eight lakh ha), when that of coarse cereals stood at six.79 lakh ha (six.seventy two lakh ha).
“The pattern of summer time sowing progress is incredibly great as on date. Moreover, the prospect of rabi crops is also incredibly great and about 48 per cent of all round rabi crops have been harvested as on Friday. There is no effects of Covid-19 pandemic circumstance on progress of location protection beneath summer time crops in the country,” the Agriculture Ministry explained in a assertion.
The location beneath summer time maize crop has also increased marginally to 4.seventy one lakh ha (4.29 lakh ha), when bajra and jowar saw a dip in cultivation.
Protection of oilseeds also noted a marginal raise at seven.20 lakh ha (six.ninety one lakh ha).
Rainfall across the country from March 1 till date has been forty two per cent lower and the are living water storage in a hundred thirty reservoirs stood at 86 per cent of corresponding earlier calendar year.