Summer crops are planted throughout March-May, the intervening interval between rabi and kharif season which begins with monsoon in June.
“Due to intermittent rains during this period, the moisture content in the soil is suitable for the growth of crops. We expect a good harvest as the water in major reservoirs across the country is around 21% more than the average of last ten years,” mentioned an agriculture ministry official, who didn’t want to be recognized.
Area under pulses has gone up by 51% from last year to about 8.68 lakh ha whereas the realm under rice has gone up by 7.6% from last year to 38.80 lakh hectare
“The government is encouraging farmers to cultivate summer crops where irrigation facilities are available. This will help raise production of pulses and oilseeds by planting across additional areas,” mentioned the official.
Sowing is progressing properly in states together with West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, components of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The space under coarse cereals reminiscent of maize, bajra and ragi has risen by 27% from last year to 10.86 lakh ha whereas the oilseeds acreage has additionally gone up to 9.53 lakh ha.
“More area will come under groundnut as sowing in Gujarat has picked up pace. The rise in prices of oilseeds is motivating farmers to switch from coarse cereals to oilseeds. Over the last three months, prices of edible oil have gone up 45%,” mentioned the official.
Area under summer crops as on April 9, 2021
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Area in lakh hectares, Source-Agriculture ministry