Good rainfall helps agriculture sector to grow post record kharif crop India News

Good rainfall helps agriculture sector to grow post record kharif crop India News

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NEW DELHI: In what should be good news for the rural economy, India has recorded an all-time record of Kharif (summer sown) crops this year despite the Kovid-19 epidemic and flood situation in many states. Growth indicates that during the lockdown the agricultural sector, which remained largely free of restrictions, may continue to record growth despite shrinking GDP.
On Friday, the total acreage was recorded at 1,082 lakh hectares as against 1,82 lakh hectares during the same period last year – an increase of over 7%. The sowing areas mainly paddy, oilseeds and pulses contributed to this growth. To prevent damage due to inclement weather, many crops would benefit from government procurement policies. During the lockdown period, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) undertook a massive campaign for farmers to complete purchases and make payments.
India recorded its previous record for the area sown in the Kharif crop in 2016, when the acreage was 1,075 lakh hectares. The average sown area in the country has been 1,066 lakh hectares in the last five years. The high acreage can be attributed to a good monsoon rainfall and proactive measures, defeating the impact of Kovid-19 on agriculture by farmers and governments during the Lockden period.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “The exemption given to the agricultural sector during the Lockden period helped farmers to continue their operations – first harvesting rabi crops and then sowing of kharif crops – almost uninterrupted.”
Noting that the epidemic has little impact on the agricultural sector, Tomar said that kharif yields would increase further as sowing of paddy is still continuing in some states. “We are confident that the record production of food grains in the 2020-21 crop year and will help us exceed our target of 298 million tonnes,” he said.
The area sown under paddy, which is the highest in kharif crops every year, has recorded an increase of over 35 lakh hectare so far as compared to last year. High area is reported from Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and other areas of West Bengal.
The sowing of oilseeds, coarse grains and pulses has been completed this season. Oilseeds (193 lakh hectares) and cotton (128 lakh hectares) have been the highest sown in the last five years.

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