NEW DELHI: Indian farmers have planted 1.96 million hectares with summer-sown rice to this point, farm ministry information confirmed on Friday, down 46% from final 12 months primarily as a result of a weak begin to the monsoon.
The outlook is best, nevertheless, because the monsoon has gathered steam. Summer rains have coated greater than half of the nation, with the rainfall deficit getting narrowed to 2% from 36%.
The planting has simply began, and the realm below rice might go up with a pick-up in monsoon rains, mentioned B.V. Krishna Rao, president of the All India Rice Exporters Association.
Farmers typically begin planting rice, corn, cotton, soybeans, sugarcane and peanuts, amongst different crops, from June, when monsoon rains sometimes arrive in India. Sowing normally lasts till July.
Monsoon rains play an important position in agriculture – which employs practically 50% of India’s workforce – as practically half of the nation’s farmland lacks irrigation.
The ministry of agriculture & farmers’ welfare will maintain updating the provisional crop sowing figures because it gathers extra data from state governments.
The planting figures are additionally topic to revision relying on the progress of the June-September monsoon season.
The space planted with cotton totalled 3.18 million hectares, down from 3.73 million hectares a 12 months earlier. Monsoon rains have been sparse over cotton-growing areas in Gujarat and Maharashtra states within the west.
Farmers have a comparatively quick window to finish cotton sowing and that is why rains want to choose as much as assist growers plant the crop.
The sowing of soybeans, the principle summer time oilseed crop, stood at 278,000 million hectares, in contrast with 1.25 million hectares on the identical time in 2021.
The space planted with protein-rice pulse rose to 202,000 hectares towards 132,000 hectares final 12 months.
But pulse acreage might drop within the subsequent few weeks as some farmers would possibly change to extra profitable cotton and soybean, mentioned Nitin Kalantri, a dealer based mostly in Maharashtra.
Sugarcane planting was nearly unchanged at 5.07 million hectares.