Higher sow­ing in M.P. lifts wheat cov­er­age

The Hindu Business Line - - COMMODITIES -

A spec­tac­u­lar in­crease in wheat sow­ing in Mad­hya Pradesh has boosted wheat cov­er­age even as other crops reg­is­tered a be­low par per­for­mance com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing week last year, ac­cord­ing to the rabi crop sow­ing data re­leased by the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry on Fri­day.

The area un­der wheat cul­ti­va­tion in Mad­hya Pradesh stood at 41.08 lakh hectares (lh), about 24 per cent more than the 33.23 lh planted in the same week last year, tak­ing the over­all wheat area for the coun­try to 194.49 lh , which is nearly 2 per cent more than last year.

The cu­mu­la­tive area for all crops, on the other hand, is 6 per cent lower than last year at 414.29 lh, the data showed.

Bar­ring wheat, all other crop cat­e­gories have re­ported lower acreage com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. Oilseeds, which re­ported bet­ter acreage till last week, have for the first time slipped be­low the lev­els ofl the pre­vi­ous rabi sea­son. As against 67.34 lh cov­ered in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in 2017-18, the area un­der oilseeds till this week was 65.45 lh.

The shrink­age in pulses area con­tin­ued to be more than 10 per cent so far this year.

The area un­der pulses till this week was 113.69 lh (126.78 lh). Gram, the main rabi pulse crop, was down 13 per cent at 77.27 lh (88.94 lh).

In coarse ce­re­als there was a 26 per cent drop in the area with the acreage slump­ing to 33 lh this week (44.62 lh).

There is a sig­nif­i­cant 36 per cent short­fall in the rice sown area, too, mainly be­cause of the dis­mal per­for­mance re­ported from Tamil Nadu. As com­pared to 11.92 lh in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year, rice has been sown only on 7.58 lh so far.

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