India's major food grain crops have been planted on 104.16 million hectares (MH) so far this kharif season against an estimated 103.95 million hectares last year. The area under Coarse Cereal, Cotton and Pulses has fallen, while acreage of Oilseeds, Rice and Sugarcane increased, according to agriculture ministry data.
Rice, the most widely planted kharif crop, saw acreage rise to 2.29 per cent to 38.19 million hectares. This kharif season, production will be higher by over 3 per cent as the weather has been favourable. With dams nearly full in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala.
The government is optimistic of another bumper harvest with output to be similar to last year’s or better, as crop planting and the monsoon season are at the tail end. It also doesn’t expect floods to have any major impact on production.
Indian Council of Agriculture Research director-general said kharif production would at least be similar to last year’s levels. It can even be better as current weather conditions and planting data are favourable. Planting continues across north-eastern states, largely of Rice.