Indian set for record kharif crop harvest
Food grain output in the ongoing 2017-18 kharif season is likely to surpass last years record of 139.4 MT due to higher acreage and good monsoons for the second straight year,Indian set for record kharif crop harvest, Agriculture secretary shobhona K pattanayak said today.
So far, more than 80 per cent of the swing of kharif crops- paddy, pules, cotton, sugarcane and jute has been completed and the planting will continue is some parts till next month, pattanayak told PTI in an Interview.
About 19 lakh ha of crops ares has been affected by floods across the country farmers are likely to take up other kharif once the water recedes, he said expressing concern about poor rains in some parts of karnataka.
‘ I am certain overall kharif foodgrain output will be more than last year’ he said.
While there were floods in some states, there was drought-like situation in parts of karnataka. he said, adding that there has till been close to 3 per cent Jump in the acreage under kharif crops so far.
Pattanayak said farmers in food hit ares will replant other crops in 19 lakh ha once water recedes but the situation in karnataka has not yet improved.
” South interiaar karnataka continues to be problematic but some rains had come lets see,” he said.
Till last week, farmers had some kharif crops in 878.23 lakh ha as against 855.85 lakh ha in the year ago period, as per the Agriculture Ministry’s latest data.
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Paddt- the summer crops was sown in 280.03 lakh ha as against 266.93 lakh ha, white pulses cover 121.28 lakh ha as against 116.95 last in the said period.
Oil seeds acreage was down at 148.88 lakh ha in the some period last year.
It is lower so far, but the sowing window is not over. Farmers will take up little on margial lands overall it is not bad.He said the overall it is not bad.
He said the overall acreage for all pulses is higher, except tur.
With regard to cash crop, he said that the overall area sown cotton and sugarcane is higher than last year so far and the output is also expected to be better.
Silmilarly, acrege under sugarcane has gone up 49.71 lakh hectors from 45.64 lakh ha in the said period become of good monsoon and timely payment of cane arrears by sugar mills.
In the 2016-17 kharif season,Indian set for record kharif crop harvest foodgrain output was records at 138.04 millions tonnes white previous record was 128.05 MT achieved during the 2013-14 kharif sesaon.
Production of paddy stood at 96.09 MT pulses at 9.12 MT, oil seeds at 22.80 MT, cotton at 30.50 million bales in the 2016-17 kharif season, as per the ministry data.