Agriculture Current Affair 19 September 2022

Deficit in paddy sowing narrows to 4.52 pc; Jharkhand worst hit

The deficit in paddy sowing has reduced to 4.52 per cent at 399.03 lakh hectares so far in the ongoing kharif season on revival of rains in some states, but it is badly affected in Jharkhand, according to agriculture ministry data released on Friday. Paddy sowing in Jharkhand has halved to 8.25 lakh hectares so far this kharif season, compared to 17.62 lakh hectares in the year-ago period, the data showed.

Paddy is the main kharif crop, sowing of which begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June. Paddy sowing is now almost over as the crop will be harvested from October.

About 80 per cent of India’s total production comes from this season. The government expects 6-7 million fall in kharif rice production based on the crop condition till last week.

According to the ministry data, there was 12.39 per cent lag in paddy sowing till August 12 of this kharif season.

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Kharif sowing: Paddy acreage set to top 400 lh as coverage deficit shrinks

Overall coverage of crops tops normal area but below last year’s record level

The area under kharif had topped the normal coverage of 1,085 lakh hectares (lh) to touch 1,092.92 lh as of Friday from June 1 when sowing operations began. However, it is lower from the record 1,101.87 lh registered during the same period a year ago.

A weekly update from the Ministry of Agriculture showed that the area under paddy, pulses and oilseeds trails, while the coverage of cotton, sugarcane and coarse cereals is higher. The kharif sowing situation now looks manageable with no sharp fall seen in any crop this year, barring paddy in Jharkhand, with the first estimate of kharif crops production around the corner.

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