Wheat Sowing Area Touches 33 Million HectareFebruary 20, 2020
The Indian wheat sowing touches 33 million hectares, which has raised expectations of record output in the country, says the agriculture department.
There has been higher than normal wheat sowing in states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. Moreover, the wheat-sowed area has touched around 33 million hectares, which is 11% higher compared to last year’s wheat area of 29.6 million hectares. 155% of water was stored in major reservoirs because of a good monsoon this season, which, in turn, has led to the availability of more irrigation facilities. This has encouraged farmers to sow more wheat across more areas. The agriculture department is expecting record output compared to last year’s output of 101.20 million tons.
The overall sowed area has also increased by 8.5% to 64 million hectares, increasing the hopes of record production in the Rabi season. The sowing of rice has also increased by 18% but is expected to drop by 10% due to continuous rain in the second half of this monsoon. For now, farmers are sowing Rabi crops which starts in October and harvesting from April. Coverage of Kharif (warm weather crop) is slightly greater at 4.3 million hectares compared to 4 million and areas covered by oilseeds stayed lower at 7.1 million compared to 7.3 million hectares in this period.
According to the Agriculture Department, “Building up in rice are in Rabi would possibly consequence into excellent manufacturing, which is more likely to slender down the deficit brought about by means of drop in Kharif (warm weather crop) manufacturing. Total, rice manufacturing is more likely to see a dip this year.” The officials from the department also added that “Upward thrust in acreage is observed in virtually the entire plants. The acreage of pulses has risen by means of 5.2% whilst house underneath coarse cereals has larger by means of 13.5%. Chilly climate together with rains is excellent for many of the plants.”