Kharif sowing sees 13.9 percent increase in area coverage compared to last year
31 July 2020, New Delhi: Kharif crops in 2020 has been sown with an increase in area coverage by 13.9% compared to last year. Area covered till date is 882.18 lakh ha against 774.38 lakh ha area during the corresponding period of last year.
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As per the forecast received from IMD, rainfall during the second half (August to September) of the 2020 monsoon season is likely to be above normal (>106% of LPA). Actual rainfall received in the country is 447.1 mm against normal of 443.3 mm i.e. departure of (+)1% during the period from 1 June 2020 to 30th July 2020.
As per report of Central Water Commission, the live water storage available in 123 reservoirs in the country is 141 % of live storage of corresponding period of last year and 103% of storage of average of last ten years. Over all the availability of the irrigation water will remain good in the coming days.
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Pulses sowing is about 111.91 lakh ha against 93.84 lakh ha area of last year, recorded an increased in area coverage by 19.26%. States of Rajasthan (5.25 lakh ha) followed by Madhya Pradesh (3.79 lakh ha) have reported higher area coverage.
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Farmers have sown Paddy on 266.60 lakh ha against 223.96 lakh ha area of last year, recorded an increased in area coverage by 19.04%. States of Bihar (10.01 lakh ha) followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.19 lakh ha) have reported higher area coverage.
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