Cotton cultivation in the state crosses 2.5 million hectares, reaches a five-year high
The farmers of Gujarat have chosen cotton in the current season. With the Kharif sowing season coming to an end, the cultivation of the main monsoon crop has crossed the five-year high of 25.04 lakh hectares. This shows an increase of 2.82 lakh hectare as compared to 22.22 lakh hectare seen in the same period last season. Whereas the average of last three years is 4 percent more than the plantation in 24 lakh hectares. Last week, cotton cultivation saw an increase of 55 thousand hectares.
However, on the other hand the area under cultivation of oilseeds, pulses, vegetables and fodder crops has decreased. Groundnut, which comes second after cotton, has been recorded at 16.72 lakh hectare, which is 2.22 lakh hectare less than last year. It was found in 18.94 lakh hectare in the same period last year. There was an additional increase of 46,000 hectares in groundnut cultivation last week. After groundnut, the total area under oilseeds is also seen to be less than 2.18 lakh hectare to 20.79 lakh hectare (22.97 lakh hectare in last season).
As far as food grains are concerned, its sown area reached 11.44 lakh hectares, with an addition of 2.19 lakh hectares last week, showing an increase of 72 thousand hectares over the previous season. Paddy cultivation has been observed in 6.67 lakh hectares with an increase of 1.94 lakh hectares during the week. Which shows an increase of 38 thousand. However, there is a decrease of 1.03 lakh hectare in the sowing of Kharif pulses as compared to the previous season. The sowing of all pulse crops is low except for Math. In which the cultivation of urad is less than 50 percent. Toovar cultivation has also been witnessed in 1.88 lakh hectares as against 2.12 lakh hectares of the previous season.