Area Under Rabi Crops May Go Up By 20 Pc In The State

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 10 November 2019

“This year, due to surplus rain, there is enough moisture in the soil and water availability is also good. Therefore the area under the rabi crops in the State might increase by around 20 per cent and can go up to 70 lakh hectares,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Suhas Divase.

PUNE: The State might witness an increase of around 20 per cent in the area of rabi crops due to excess rainfall this rabi season. The total area might go to 70 lakh hectares while the average area of rabi crops in the State is around 56 lakh hectares. It is expected that there will be an increase in the area of gram crop.

“This year, due to surplus rain, there is enough moisture in the soil and water availability is also good. Therefore the area under the rabi crops in the State might increase by around 20 per cent and can go up to 70 lakh hectares,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Suhas Divase.

Around 56 to 57 lakh hectares of land come under rabi crops in the State, of which 12 lakh hectares is jowar, which is expected to reduce this year. 

Around 15 to 20 per cent of area of jowar will be shifted for gram cultivation. The average area of gram in the State is around 14 lakh hectares, said Divase.

“The State has witnessed major damage to kharif crops. Therefore, we are focused and working on the sowing in the rabi season. Wherever the condition is favourable, sowing for rabi season has started. Till now, sowing of around five-and-half lakh hectares is completed. The average area of rabi crops in the State was around 56 lakh hectares in the year 2017-18 while in 2018-19, it was 34 lakh hectares. But this year, the area is expected to increase and might go up to 70 lakh hectares,” added Divase.

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