Year-on-year kharif sowing trails by 11.56%, reservoir levels lower by 7% than previous year

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The year-on-year kharif sowing area as on July 16 is lagging by 11.56%, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture. The country has completed sowing of kharif crops on 57% of the normal kharif area of 1073 lakh hectare, with major decline being reported in pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereals, and cotton.

The year-on-year sowing of rice is lagging by 7%. Rice has been sown on 161.97 lakh hectares, with higher acreage reported from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tripura, Punjab, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttarakhand. Less area is reported from the states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Assam, Haryana, Gujarat etc.

Sowing of pulses is lagging by 12% when compared to the same period of previous year, with large fall being reported in urad (trailing by 23%) and moong, which is lagging by 20.76%.

Sowing of coarse cereals is down by 20.63%. Among coarse cereals, sowing of jowar is down by 26, bajra is lagging by close to 40% and maize sowing is trailing by 7.74%. Sowing of oilseeds crops is also down by 13.68% with groundnut sowing lagging by 13.25% and soybean lagging by close to 12%. Higher oilseeds area is reported from the states of Maharashtra (9.20 lakh hectare), Gujarat (2.12 lakh hectare), while less area is reported from the states of Rajasthan (3.79 lakh hectare), Madhya Pradesh (3.49 lakh hectare), Andhra Pradesh (2.12 lakh hectare), Telangana (0.59 lakh hectare). Cotton sowing is lagging by 13 %. Cotton sowing is trailing mainly in the states of Andhra Pradesh (0.98 lakh hectare) and Punjab (0.62 lakh hectare).

The reservoir levels are also trailing when compared to previous year. The Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 130 reservoirs of the country, which account for 67.58% of the total live storage capacity of 257.812 BM established in the country. As per the reservoir storage data as on July 15, the live storage available in these reservoirs is 57.628 BCM, which is 33% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. However, last year the live storage available in these reservoirs for the corresponding period was 62.134 BCM and the average of last 10 years live storage was 49.921 BCM. Thus, the live storage available in 130 reservoirs is 7% lower than the live storage of the corresponding period of last year and 15% more than the average storage of last ten years.

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