Monsoon rains regular, kharif crop area grows

Monsoon rains regular, kharif crop area grows

New Delhi: India now has received more than 96% of the rainfall usually recorded during the monsoons, with Orissa and Andhra Pradesh registering the highest precipitation, followed by Kerala and Karnataka, this week.

Officials at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), however, said that even though the rainfall was showing an overall weakening, the monsoon pressure systems could persist until at least the end of September.

“This week, India received 3% more rainfall than it usually receives this time of the year," said B.P. Yadav, IMD spokesperson. Floods notwithstanding, the rains seem to be boosting the confidence of farmers. A press release from the agriculture ministry says that kharif season sowing of most crops, including rice, has covered more area in the week, compared with the same period last year.

Rice transplantation had covered 36.32 million ha, compared with 36.17 million ha at the same time last year. The area under cotton remained unchanged from last week’s 9.07 million ha, including 5.33 million ha under Bt cotton, compared with a total of 8.69 million ha last year.

On the downside, coarse cereals covered 21.55 million ha, compared with 22.10 million ha in the same period last year. The sowing of various coarse cereals has ended in almost all states, the release added.