Kharif sowing coverage in Gujarat rose from approximately 5.81 million hectares as on July 29, which was 68.63 per cent of three years' normal, to 7.13 million hectares or 84.17 per cent of normal as on August 13, 2019, according to latest data from the Directorate of Agriculture.
In terms of crops, cereals have seen the highest surge in kharif sowing in terms of area covered. Kharif sowing for cereals, which was 58.71 per cent of normal at roughly over 794,000 hectares of area covered as on July 29, 2019, grew to 1.13 million hectares or 83.91 per cent of three years' normal as on August 13, 2019.
Similarly, oilseeds, in which Gujarat is one of the leading states, kharif sowing was 65.97 per cent of normal at 1.57 million hectares as on July 29, 2019 which rose to 1.92 million hectares or 80.83 per cent of normal as on August 13, 2019.
Sowing area for pulses in Gujarat grew from approximately 284,000 hectares or 49.15 per cent of normal to roughly 341,000 hectares or 58.9 per cent of normal in the aforementioned period.
Meanwhile, sowing on other crops also grew from 76.1 per cent of normal as on July 29 to 89.69 per cent of normal as on August 13.