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Crop Planting Rises Nearly 14% As Monsoon Covers India 2 Weeks Earlier

Monsoon rains are essential for farm output and financial progress

New Delhi:

A speedy progress of the monsoon helped the nation’s farmers plant almost 14 per cent extra land than final 12 months with rice, corn, cane, cotton and soybean crops, in line with the farm ministry. Farmers planted extra acreage of each single summer-sown crops between June 1 and July 31 than final 12 months, brightening the prospects for a bumper output on the earth’s main producer of farm commodities.

The space planted with rice, the principle meals crop of the world’s second-most populous nation, was 26.7 million hectares, in contrast with 22.four million hectares within the year-earlier interval.

Oilseeds planting was at 17.5 million hectares, in contrast with 15 million hectares. Sowing of soybeans, the principle summer time oilseed crop, stood at 11.7 million hectares, in contrast with 10.eight million hectares. Soybean output is ready to leap by not less than 15 per cent.

Sugar cane planting was marginally increased at 5.2 million hectares.

Planting of the protein-rich pulse was at 11.2 million hectares, increased than 9.four million hectares final 12 months.

Corn acreage was at 7.four million hectares versus 7.2 million hectares within the earlier 12 months.

The space planted with cotton totalled 12.1 million hectares towards 10.9 million hectares.

The monsoon coated all the nation almost two weeks sooner than traditional, serving to farmers pace up planting.

Monsoon rains are essential for farm output and financial progress as about 55 per cent of the nation’s arable land is rain-fed.

The climate workplace on Friday mentioned monsoon rains are anticipated to be 104 per cent of the typical in August and September.

The India Meteorological Department defines common, or regular, rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year common of 88 cm for all the four-month season.

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