Kharif Crops Sowing Area Increases Significantly as Compared to Last Year

Kharif Crops are grown in hot and humid rain fed areas. During the first 18 days of the month of June, the country has received surplus rainfall of about 26mm. As compared to last year, rainfall was 82.4 mm in between 1st to 18th June, while this year, the country has registered 108.3mm of rainfall during the period.

Sowing Area of Kharif Crops as on 20th June 2020

Rice, Jute, and Mesta are the only important crops whose area has reduced as compared to the previous year. Rice had coverage of 10.28 lakh hectares during last year while it has reduced to 10.05 lakh hectares this year. Jute and Mesta had combined 6.08 lakh hectare last year, this has reduced to 5.78 lakh hectare this year.

Pulses, Course Cereals, Oilseeds, Sugarcane, and Cotton have registered significant growth in the sowing area as compared to last year.

  • Pulses: 2019-2.22 lakh hectare, 2020- 4.58 lakh hectare
  • Coarse Cereals: 2019-7.83 lakh hectare, 2020-19.16 lakh hectare
  • Oilseeds: 2019-1.63 lakh hectare, 2020-14.36 lakh hectare
  • Sugarcane:  2019- 48.01 lakh hectare, 2020-48.63 lakh hectare
  • Cotton: 2019- 18.18 lakh hectare, 2020-28.77 lakh hectare

Kharif Crops

Kharif crops are cultivated and harvested in India generally between June to November depending on the monsoon rains of that particular region. These crops are sown after the first rain of the southwest monsoon season in June or sometimes even during the last week of May in Southern parts of the country. Kharif Crops are directly dependent on the quantity and timing of rainfall.

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