PUNE: Due to the late monsoon, the sowing of kharif crops has been delayed and the worst affected crops are pulses like pigeon pea (tur), green gram (moong) and black gram (urad). The experts say 50 to 60 per cent reduction is likely in the yield of moong and urad and 10 to 15 per cent reduction in the yield of tur dal is expected. Due to this, the traders claim that prices of tur, moong and urad may increase in next 15 days.
“Usually, sowing of kharif crops is done in first week of July and results in good yield. Sowing of kharif crops done later results in reduction of yield,” said Rajaram Deshmukh, former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri.
“Early crops like moong, urad and soyabean should be sown by this time. The crops sown thereafter will see a 50 to 60 per cent reduction in yield. Even for tur, which is a late kharif crop, due to delayed sowing, there will be a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in yield. As the crops are delayed, the per cent reduction of yield will increase,” he added.
Deshmukh further said, “This late sowing of kharif will impact the sowing of rabi crops such as jowar and sufflower as it will get delayed. Usually sowing of these rabi crops should start September 15 onwards and there is also need for land preparation, for which time will not be there and therefore it is likely that late sowing of kharif crops will affect them.”
“Pulses like tur, moong and urad come from Marathawada and Vidarbha and sowing is yet to be done there. Similarly, pulses also come from Rajasthan and Karnataka. However, at present there is no rain in Rajasthan so there are chances that there will be less production there. In coming 15 days, if the same situation continues, there is a possibility of wholesale prices of tur, moong and urad will increase by Rs 5,” said Nitin Nahar, Nitin & Company, wholesale traders of pulses in Market Yard.
“90 per cent of Marathawada and some parts of Vidarbha are dry and proper sowing has not been done. Due to delayed monsoon, the normal time for sowing of kharif crops, which is June 30, is now over. However, we have to continue with sowing but the rate of reduction in yield will keep on increasing and the productivity of kharif crops will reduce.
Due to delayed monsoon, there will not be normal production of kharif crops,” said Dr Venkat Mayande, former VC of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola.