The met department has also forecast that monsoon will hit Kerala on its scheduled date of June 1.
“Like last year, the agriculture is growing steadily during Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is on increasing pulses and oilseeds production and we are on the right path,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.
The pulses area has expanded to 17.75 lakh hectares as against 10.49 lakh hectare, last year. Similarly, there is increase in oilseeds area also, which has seen a surge of 12.05%. The main crop rice has also witnessed a rise in area by 15.52%.
“This year the production of rice is likely to go up as the area has gone up from 34.13 lakh hectares to 39.43 lakh hectares this year. The area under coarse cereals grew to 12.11 lakh hectares as against last year’s coverage of 11.62 lakh hectares during this time,” he said.
Summer sowing has almost been completed. It not only provides extra income but also create employment opportunities. A major gain by the cultivation of summer crops is the improvement in soil health, particularly through the pulses crop.
The water storage in 130 key reservoirs of our country is 19% more than the average storage of last ten years.
“This has ensured availability of irrigation. More areas have come under cultivation due to water availability specially in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh,” the official said.
He said that the government expects bumper production in the ensuing Kharif season banking on weather office’s prediction of a normal monsoon.
“During Covid-19 crisis, possibilities of a monsoon has come to us as a silver lining. All states should prepare plans to make the best use of favourable conditions,” he said.
The government has already set the production target for food grain for the crop year 2021-22 at a record 307.31 million tonnes. This includes production of 151.43 million tonnes of food grains during kharif (summer) season and 155.88 million tonnes during rabi (winter) season.
Sowing of Summer Crops as on May 7,2021
|Crops||Area in 2021||Area in 2020||% increase|
Source: Agriculture ministry