Inadequate rains amid June and in the first week of July has droped the sowing of cereals in the ongoing kharif season in Odisha. The sowing data shows a drop of about 30 per cent to 0.94 million hectares compared to 1.33 million hectares covered last year.
Sowing of Paddy, the key Kharif crop, has plunged by 32 per cent to 0.78 million hectares compared to 1.16 million hectares as on July 7 last year.
Similarly, the sowing of Pulses has come down by more than 42 per cent to 0.10 million hectares compared to 0.175 million hectares as on July last year.
During June, the state had recorded 160.8 millimeter of rains against the normal rainfall of 216.5 millimeter, a deficiency of 25.7 per cent. So far in July, the state has witnessed 46 per cent less rains.
The Kharif foodgrain production target for 2018-19 is set at 10.37 million tonnes. In the cereals bracket, rice production is expected at 8.58 million tonne, similarly Pulses sowing target is set at 1.09 million tonne.
Sowing of Oilseeds, fibres, vegetables and Spices have also recorded a drop in sowing area.