28 January 2022, Sagar: The sowing of masoor (Lentil), a special pulse crop of the rabi season, has been completed in all the states and is now in various stages of development. The major producing states of lentils include Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Lentils are grown on a large scale in the Bundelkhand division bordering Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Vivek Jain, owner of Bhawna Traders, a famous business establishment located in Bina, Madhya Pradesh, says that this time in Sagar, Bina, Damoh and Ganjbasoda line, the farmers have shown tremendous enthusiasm in the cultivation of lentils.
The area of lentils has increased to around 70 percent and area under gram and peas has decreased. Due to the recent rains, there is moisture in the fields and the weather is cold. At present the condition of the crop is generally satisfactory. At some places flowers and pods have started appearing in it. After the next eight-ten days, a good picture of the crop can be revealed.
Vivek Jain says that this time the lentil crop in Madhya Pradesh has not suffered any damage due to natural calamities, but the arrival of its new goods may be delayed. Its harvesting is not likely to start for at least a month. The plants are getting bigger and are being closely monitored right now. Flowers and grains are showing less in some areas but overall the condition of the crop is good.
On the other hand, in the Bundelkhand division of Uttar Pradesh – Lalitpur, Jhansi, Banda and Mahoba line, this time more emphasis has been given by the farmers on the cultivation of peas instead of lentils because the market price is high due to undeclared restrictions on its import with strict conditions.
He said the figures given for the sown area of lentils in Uttar Pradesh are more than the reality. Even there the condition of the crop is said to be normal. In Madhya Pradesh, after the onset of winter and good sunlight, the crop will grow faster and then it will be possible to get a rough estimate of its average yield rate. With good growth in sowing area, better production of masoor is expected.