Agriculture Current Affair 5 September 2022

Paddy sowing down by 5.62pc so far this kharif season

Area under the paddy crop has been down by 5.62 per cent at 383.99 lakh hectare in the ongoing kharif season so far due to poor rains in some states, according to the agriculture ministry data released on Friday. Paddy was sown in 406.89 lakh hectares in the year-ago period, the data showed.

Paddy is the main kharif crop and its sowing begins with the onset of the southwest monsoon from June and harvesting from October onwards.

There was a huge lag in paddy sowing in the states of Jharkhand (9.80 lakh ha), Madhya Pradesh (6.32 lakh ha), West Bengal (4.45 lakh ha), Chhattisgarh (3.91 lakh ha), Uttar Pradesh (2.61 lakh ha), and Bihar (2.18 lakh ha) so far this kharif season.

The lag in paddy sowing was not significant in states of Odisha (0.84 lakh ha), Andhra Pradesh (0.31 lakh ha), Assam (0.29 lakh ha), Meghalaya (0.21 lakh ha), Punjab (0.12 lakh ha), Jammu and Kashmir (0.05 lakh ha), Mizoram (0.03 lakh ha), Sikkim (0.02 lakh ha) and Tripura (0.01 lakh ha) in the said period.

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Easing of import policy and higher output in other geographies to ensure adequate supplies of pulses

Despite the shortfall in the kharif pulses acreages, the easing of import policy and higher output in other geographies are expected to ensure adequate supplies in the festive season ahead. As of September 2, the kharif acreages are down by over four per cent at 129.55 lakh ha.

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