Velocity in Kharif sowing: Planted in 10.24 lakh hectares in the state
Monsoon crops have been sown in 12 per cent of Gujarat’s area in the first three weeks of the new kharif planting season. In the last one week, till June 20, the state saw kharif sowing in an area of 7.71 lakh hectares in 10.24 lakh hectares. This shows a significant increase of 3.35 lakh hectare as compared to 6.89 lakh hectare in the corresponding period of last season. The average kharif sowing in the state in the last three years was 85.55 lakh hectares.
Early signs of kharif sowing suggest that farmers in the state are shifting towards cotton and groundnut. They have abandoned pulses and cereals and switched to two important cash crops. This has resulted in significant sowing of cotton and groundnut in the first 20 days of planting. In which cotton is cultivated in 5.89 lakh hectares. Which was seen in 3.52 lakh hectare in the same period of last season. Thus it shows an increase of 2.37 lakh hectares. Cotton cultivation witnessed a sharp increase of 4.56 lakh hectares in the last one week. As a result, till June 13, cotton sown in 1.33 lakh hectares was found in 5.89 lakh hectares till June 20. Which is 23% of the average 25.53 lakh hectare area for a three-year crop in the state.
Groundnut, the second largest crop after cotton, has also been planted in 22 per cent of the area. Groundnut has been sown in 3.66 lakh hectare in the current season as compared to 2.6 lakh hectare so far last year. The area under groundnut saw an increase of 1.66 lakh hectares last week and reached 3.66 lakh hectares from 1.04 lakh hectares by June 13. On the other hand, pulses are being grown in only 0.7 per cent of the average area. The area of cereals is only 0.24 percent. If we look at the final figures, food grains have been sown in 3200 hectares. Which was seen in 11 thousand hectares in the same period of last season. Thus, there has been a decline in the sowing of cereals by more than 70 per cent. Pulses, on the other hand, have come down to 2968 hectares from 4558 hectares last season.