Despite knocking on time, the pace of monsoon has slowed down. The sowing of Kharif crops seems to be lagging behind due to delay in monsoon rains in most parts of the country. Despite normal rains, there is very little time left for sowing moong, urad and cotton. In the report released by the Ministry of Agriculture, it has been said that till this time last year, Kharif crops were sown in an area of 588.11 lakh hectares, but so far only 499.87 lakh hectares have been sown. Sowing of almost all Kharif crops including moong, soybean, paddy and cotton has lagged behind.
Sowing is decreasing as compared to last year
Last year almost all the crops were sown very well. Soyabean was sown in 92.36 lakh hectares but so far this year only 82.14 lakh hectares of land has been sown. Moong was sown in an area of 13.49 lakh hectare but so far it has reached only 11.92 lakh hectare. Cotton sowing has also lagged behind.
The sowing of Bajra, the main Kharif crop, has also decreased. Last year in Kharif season, market was sown in 25.32 lakh hectares of land but so far only 15.74 lakh hectares of land is being sown. Last year in this season oilseeds were sown in 126.13 lakh hectares of land but till now only 112.55 lakh hectares of land could be sown under oilseeds. Last year pulses crops were sown in 53.35 lakh hectare but this time it has been sown in 52.49 lakh hectare. The only exception is sugarcane. Last year it was sown in 52.65 lakh hectares of land but this year it has increased to 53.56 lakh hectares.
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Below average rain spoiled agriculture
Due to the lack of rain, farmers are now planting crops that ripen in less time. Farmers are still hopeful that the pace of monsoon will pick up and with the increase in soil moisture, they will be able to increase sowing. According to the revised estimates of the Meteorological Department, the monsoon rains were to reach all the areas of the country by July 8. But till July 9, only 229.7 mm. rained out. It is 243.6 mm. 6% less than normal rainfall.