Space sown to summer season crops like paddy was lagging behind by 1.55 per cent at 1,043.87 lakh hectare up to now within the ongoing kharif season of the crop 12 months 2021-22 (July-June), based on information launched by the agriculture ministry on Sunday.
Sowing operation continues to be underway and planting of summer season (kharif) crops may be continued until the tip of August, it stated.
Farmers had planted summer season (kharif) crops in 1,060.37 lakh hectare within the year-ago interval.
Sowing of kharif crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June. Monsoon rainfall was decrease eight per cent between June 1 and August 20, the ministry stated.
Nevertheless, water storage accessible in 130 reservoirs within the nation was 96 per cent of stay storage within the corresponding interval of final 12 months, and 99 per cent storage of common within the final 10 years, as per the Central Water Fee, it added.
In keeping with the ministry, “sowing continues to be happening” in states rising kharif crops with “prevalence of monsoon rains in lots of states”.