On Friday area under kharif pules increase 33 per cent to 14.2 million hectares as year-on-year on the back of good monsoon which may lead to drop in prices of lentils, by now visible in some of them. As Kharif season sowing is nearing completion, total land under various crops increase 3.7 per cent to 103.4 million tonnes in this period. As acreage seems to be only slightly superior than previous year's, good monsoon would lead to climb in productivity and better agriculture expansion in third quarter compared to a mere 1.8 per cent in the initial quarter of the existing economic year.
This is despite monsoon lessening under expectations in August and June as the Met Department has forecast better than standard rains for the four-month season closing September. Good monsoon would also facilitate rabi crops to be give better manufacture this year as adequate soil moisture would be there. Devendra Pant, chief economist with India Ratings has also further conveyed that, we expect agriculture production to raise by 4 per cent in the next half.
Though, production of sugarcane, Jute and cotton may drop as acreage under these crops turn down. The administration expects pulses manufacture to augment to 20 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June) from 16.47 million tonnes in the preceding year. According to data released by the Agriculture Ministry, pulses acreage has gone up considerably in Rajasthan at 3.3 million hectares, followed by Maharashtra (2.5 million hectares), Madhya Pradesh (2.1 million hectares) and Karnataka (1.8 million hectares) so far in the ongoing kharif season.
The data showed that pulses area has also gone up in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Jhakhand. For now, harvesting of moong has begun in parts of Karnataka and Rajasthan, and the administration is gearing up to acquire the lentil at the minimum support price (MSP) to avoid distress sale by farmers. According to the ministry's data, area sown under oilseeeds has enhanced marginally to 17.9 million hectares so far from 17.8 million hectares in the year-ago period.
The sowing area of paddy, the main kharif crop, has also augmented marginally by 2.3 per cent to 37.3 million hectares from 36.4 million hectares former. Coverage for coarse cereals stood at 18.4 million hectares, 4.9 per cent superior from 17.5 million hectares in the similar period of the preceding year. Though, sugarcane area decrease by 7.7 per cent to 4.5 million hectares, from 4.9 million hectares. Sown area for cotton too turns down by 10.7 per cent to 10.2 million hectares from 11.4 million hectares.
Jute and mesta acreage cut down by 2.2 per cent to 0.76 million hectares from 0.77 million hectares. The nation produced around 252 million tonnes of foodgrains in each of the precedent two crop years (2015-16 and 2014-15), impacted by two consecutive drought years. Amid hopes of better rains this year, the administration is targeting a record production of 270 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year.