Good rainfall helps farm sector post record kharif crop acreage
NEW DELHI: In what should spell good news for the rural economy, India has reported an all-time record acreage of Kharif (summer sown) crops this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic and flood situation in many states. The development indicates that the farm sector, which remained largely free of restrictions during lockdown, may continue to register growth despite a shrinking GDP.
As on Friday, the total acreage was reported at 1,082 lakh hectares against 1,010 lakh hectares during the corresponding period last year – an increase by over 7%. Sown areas of mainly paddy, oilseeds and pulses contributed to this increase. Barring damage due to inclement weather, several crops will benefit from the go nment’s procurement policies. During the lockdown period, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had launched a massive operation to complete procurement and make payments to farmers.
India had reported its previous record for Kharif crop sown area in 2016 when the acreage was 1,075 lakh hectares. The country’s average sown area in the past five years has been 1,066 lakh hectares. The higher acreage can be attributed to a good monsoon rainfall and proactive measures, taken by farmers and go nments during the lockdown period, to beat the impact of Covid-19 on agriculture.
“Exemptions given to the farm sector during the lockdown period helped farmers continue with their operations – first harvesting Rabi crops and then sowing Kharif crops – almost uninterrupted,” said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Noting that there is little impact of the pandemic on the farm sector, Tomar said the Kharif acreage would increase further as sowing of paddy was still continuing in a few states. “We are confident that the 2020-21 crop year would report an all-time record output of food grains and cross our target of 298 million tonnes,” he said.
The sown area under paddy, which occupies the highest acreage among all Kharif crops every year, has so far recorded an increase of over 35 lakh hectares as compared to last year. Higher area is reported from Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal among others.
Sowing operations of oilseeds, coarse grains and pulses have already been completed this season. Oilseeds (193 lakh hectares) and cotton (128 lakh hectares) have reported their highest acreage in the last five years.
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K Mohan Twincities
If the farmer remains happy India can post good growth even in Industrial productions.
Farmers are always happy all along- without any extra demand from urban consumers decades after decades. It is the ugly urban folks have spoiled the Country's fortune in every respect. Only person has extended helps to farmers is PM Modi after 73 yrs of lootera Congress sucked Billions in to their Tax heaven Countries for family of Nehru-Gandhi.
The better performance of farm sector will soon percolate to other sectors as well. Happy rural India means 70% population not affected by Wuhan Virus to the extent the urban India has suffered!
They have way better immunity than city dwellers too. Those migrants who went back home, those who got infected covered on a avg of 3 days! While us city people avg is much higher.
good news . hope nature will be helpful hereafter too . does country have adequate storage facilities correspondingly ? sadly , No is the answer . regularly we come across news of harvested grains getting spoiled due to lack of adequate facilities .
Proper storage of food items is most important
This is a good news for Indian economy. Rural prosperity is the key to India's success. It will play an important role to boost GDP no's.
It will surely improve rural economy but urban eeconomy is on downstream as people are loosing jobs.
To many this may not be sensational news but to me this is great news. Food sufficiency is a great asset.
the worst affected are the border towns / villages of river banks, otherwise it is an opportunity for villagers to store rain water in the means of lakes
Every dark cloud has a silver lining they say. And in this gloomy and dark Covid 19 pandemic environment this is extremely heartening news which will go a long way in boosting India's economic growth and development and alleviate the pain and suffering of people. Jai Hind Vande Mataram
Government distributed food grain to crores of our population during this distressing period. God has taken note and gave back more with interest . Good going with this Government for being people centric . My Congratulations to both the farmers and Government.
We need at least five lakhs cold storage units
K Mohan Twincities
Annadatta sukhi bhava our farmers should remain happy without debts and losses
This is god given gift to india and we need to convert into positive gains.
Some bright news on a rainy day. Farmers are our lifeblood. With a bumper crop, we hope to see a exponential effect in boosting our economy. Food in the stomach and money in the pocket there will be no stopping the boost!
At least one good news.
K Mohan Twincities
Even in the pandemic the farm sector was unaffected and the supply chain to farm was going on
With good monsoon, Kharif crop will be good, but how to control the Corona pandemic ?
Farmers are roots of Indian Economy, if they are happy, all the economy will boost.
But still the rates are rising in the retail market and we the common people are suffering