Kharif Sowing Rises 9% Unaffected By Covid-19
Rain droplets glisten on rice growing in a field of farmland in the Bhagpat district of Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)  

Kharif Sowing Rises 9% Unaffected By Covid-19

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Total area under coverage so far during this kharif (summer sown) season has risen 9% to 1,062.93 lakh hectares on better monsoon, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

As on Aug. 21, total kharif crops have been sown on 1,062.93 lakh hectare area, against 979.15 lakh hectare area during the corresponding period of last year.

"There is no impact of Covid-19 on progress of area coverage under kharif crops as on date," an official statement said.

Paddy acreage has increased 12% to 378.32 lakh hectares, compared with 338.65 lakh hectare area during the period under review.

The sowing area under pulses went up by 7% to 132.56 lakh hectare, against 124.15 lakh hectare area.

Coarse cereals acreage rose to 174.06 lakh hectare from 166.80 lakh hectare, while sowing area of oilseeds increased 14% to 191.14 lakh hectare area from 167.53 lakh hectare area.

The area under sugarcane increased marginally to 52.19 lakh hectare area, from 51.62 lakh hectare area.

Cotton acreage went up 3.36% to 127.69 lakh hectare area, from 123.54 lakh hectare area.

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The area under jute and mesta rose marginally to 6.97 lakh hectare area so far this kharif season, from 6.86 lakh hectare area a year ago.

As on Aug. 20, the actual rainfall received in the country is 663 mm as against normal of 628.3 mm, which is a departure of 6% during the period from June 1 to Aug. 20, the statement said.

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