Paddy sowing crosses 120 lakh hectares

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10 July 2020, New Delhi: The Major Kharif crop Paddy has covered about 120.77 lakh ha. Higher area is reported from the States of Uttar Pradesh (7.64 lakh ha) followed by Madhya Pradesh (6.28 lakh ha). The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at field level during COVID 19 pandemic

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There has been satisfactory progress of sowing area coverage under Kharif crops. As per the IMD, south-west Monsoon had covered the entire country by 26th of June 2020. This is 12 days prior to the normal date of 8th July. This early spread of monsoon resulted in the widespread sowing of Kharif 2020 crops across India.

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Area under cotton is about 104.82 lakh ha as compared to 77.71 lakh ha during the corresponding period of last year. Higher area is reported from the States of Maharashtra (15.26 lakh ha) followed by Telangana (7.40 lakh ha).

Sowing Area Coverage of Kharif Crops:

Rice: About 120.77 lakh ha area coverage under summer rice as compared to 95.73 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Pulses: About 64.25 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared to 24.49 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Coarse Cereals: About 93.24 lakh ha area coverage under coarse cereals as compared to 71.96 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Oilseeds: About 139.37 lakh ha area coverage under oilseeds as compared to 75.27 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Sugarcane: About 50.89 lakh ha area coverage under sugarcane as compared to 50.59 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Jute & Mesta: About 6.87 lakh ha area coverage under jute & mesta as compared to 6.82 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.
Cotton: About 104.82 lakh ha area coverage under cotton as compared to 77.71 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year.

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