Sowing of the Summer Crops has progressed satisfactorily despite the difficulties experienced due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the total area under the Summer Crops including Rice, Pulses, Coarse Cereals and Oil Seeds cultivation has registered an increase of 11.64 lakh hectare over last year.
The Ministry said, as against a total cultivated area of 37.12 lakh hectares in the year 2018-19, the
summer crops have been sown in an area of 48.76 lakh hectare in the fiscal year 2019-20.
Among the Summer Crops, Rice is the main driver of growth in cultivable area, clocking a robust 8.77 per cent increase in Sown area. All other crops have also registered increase in Sown area below one per cent, barring Ragi coarse cereal which has registered a marginal decline of 0.06 per cent over the last year.
About 32.58 lakh hectare area coverage under Summer Rice has been reported compared to 23.81 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year. The area has been reported mainly from West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala .
In case of pulses about 3.97 lakh hectare area coverage has been reported compared to 3.01 lakh hectare a during the corresponding period of last year. Among Coarse cereals, about 5.54 lakh ha area coverage has been reported compared to 4.33 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year. While among Oilseeds, about 6.66 lakh hectare sown area has been reported, up from 5.97 lakh hectare during the corresponding period last year.