April 20, 2024


Imagination at work

Even as monsoon recovers, kharif area trails


As the deficiency in monsoon declined, planting of kharif crops across the country picked up momentum.

So much, 848 lakh hectares (lh) have been lined versus 890 lh sown in the identical interval a 12 months back, information unveiled by Agriculture Ministry on Friday showed.

Tardy development in rice

Rice has been planted on 265 lh — four for each cent lower than all over 276 lh sown in the identical week former year.

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal claimed subdued planting, though Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana lined additional space. At all over 108 lh, the space less than pulses is about 3 for each cent lower than the corresponding week previous 12 months, but arhar (pigeon pea) acreage is in favourable territory with a four for each cent increase above previous 12 months.

Acreages of moong and urad are down by approximately 10 for each cent compared with the identical interval previous 12 months. The oilseeds space proceeds to lag by 6 for each cent and only 164 lh has been lined so much. The space of groundnut is about 10 for each cent down, though the shortfall in soyabean planting arrived down to 3 for each cent.

Even though oilseeds planting gathered tempo in Rajasthan, that in Madhya Pradesh is even now down by 10 for each cent compared with the identical week previous 12 months.

At 111 lh, space less than cotton is even now lower by 9 for each cent than the corresponding interval previous 12 months.


Storage levels up

The country as a whole obtained 416.six mm of rainfall till Wednesday, which is two for each cent lower than the normal of 424.1 mm.

The rains have aided make improvements to drinking water storage levels in one hundred thirty reservoirs monitored by the Central Drinking water Fee.

As on Thursday, these drinking water bodies have a overall of 85.36 billion cubic metres (BCM) of drinking water which is appreciably improved than 70.77 BCM in the corresponding week a 12 months back.