TAD NewsDesk, New Delhi: After crop sowing of 67.5 million hectares, the country has achieved highest ever crop area since independence. The increase is 2.86% more than the record output.
The coverage of wheat has also touched the highest level – 3.13% more than last year. The paddy acreage has also gone up sharply by 15.24% from last year but significantly down by more than 28% as compared to average area during this time.
“Mustard has registered a record acreage this year – up by 7.34% from last year. Higher areas have been reported from Rajasthan, Haryana, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. The increase in pulses area indicates a better output this year, reducing dependence on imports.”
The water storage in 128 key reservoirs in the country is 22% more than 10-year average while the rainfall during this month is 76% more than normal rains received during this time.
“There is abundant water availability for irrigation. Low temperature with morning dew is helping wheat and mustard crops in northern India. We expect the conducive conditions for healthy growth of crops to continue for next few weeks.”
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said,
“This year, we hope better foodgrain production in the rabi season from last year’s record output of 153.27 million tonnes.”