Pulses sowing lower due to monsoon deficit

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The sowing of pulses has been lower than last year due to a 11% monsoon deficit in the country. As of September 8, the total area sown to pulses was 119.91 lakh hectares, down from 131.17 lakh hectares in the same period last year.

The states with the lowest pulses sowing are Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. In Madhya Pradesh, the pulses acreage has decreased to 19.72 lakh hectares from 23.44 lakh hectares. In Karnataka, it has fallen to 16.70 lakh hectares from 20.07 lakh hectares. And in Maharashtra, it has declined to 16.15 lakh hectares from 18.89 lakh hectares.

The only state where pulses sowing has increased is Rajasthan, where it has risen to 35.30 lakh hectares from 33.99 lakh hectares.

The decline in pulses sowing is due to the lack of rains at the time of sowing. The Met Department has said that there has been a 11% deficit in monsoon rains in the country between June 1 and September 6.

The total area sown to all kharif crops remained flat at 1,088.50 lakh hectares till September 8 of the current kharif season as against 1,088.02 lakh hectares in the year-ago period.

Coarse cereals was sown in 182.21 lakh hectares so far, marginally higher than 181.24 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. Oilseeds were sown in 191.49 lakh hectares so far, marginally lower than 193.30 lakh hectares in the year-ago period.

Among cash crops, area sown to sugarcane increased to 59.91 lakh hectares till September 8 of the current kharif season as against 55.65 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. But area sown to cotton remained marginally lower at 125 lakh hectares and jute/mesta at 6.57 lakh hectares so far in the current kharif season.

The government is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate measures to ensure that there is no shortage of pulses in the coming months.


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