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  • With planting of rain-fed Kharif crops coming to a close, the area sowed by Indian farmers under different crops is nearly 4.4% higher while that under Pulses is 37% higher compared with the average over the past five years.

  • On the back of well-distributed and ample rains during the June to September south-west monsoon, till date an area of 105.9 million—or 99.7% of the seasonal area—has been planted under kharif crops.

  • Higher retail prices and government’s proactive interventions—promise of robust procurement at higher support prices—have also resulted in a record sowing of Pulses at 14.5 million hectares, nearly 37% more than the normal area and 29% more than the area covered last year.

  • Urad sowing so far in India has been reported higher by 25.17% at 3.53 million hectares from 2.82 million hectares sown last year same time.

  • Urad standing crop is in good condition and likely to be in the days to come due to equal distribution of rain fall in major Urad growing regions of India.

  • Traders and millers are interested in liquidating their stocks due to increased arrivals of new domestic Urad crop in Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.

  • New Urad crop arrivals are likely to rise in Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh from next fortnight.

  • After two years of drought and declining crop production in India, a record food-grain production is expected in 2016-17. While Pulses production could touch 22 million tonnes, up 33% from last year, the upcoming Rabi or winter crop is also likely to be robust due to ample water levels in major reservoirs and adequate soil moisture.

  • Data from the India Meteorological Department shows that, overall, India has recorded a rainfall deficit of 5% compared to normal, but about 86% of India’s area has received normal to excess rains.

  • Usually, Kharif sowing for Urad commences with the onset of Southwest monsoon from June and harvesting will begin from next month.

  • Moong procurement have been started by NAFED in Indian states of Karnataka and Maharashtra at the MSP. Urad will also be procured once their arrival begins on a large scale next month.

  • Pulses Committee of India recommended raising MSPs of Urad by 19-20% to Rs 60 a kg for Urad for Kharif 2017. Keeping the bumper production of Pulses, this will bring volatility in the prices in the market and to keep the farmers morale up for better sowing of Pulses in future.

  • The prices of Urad have been steadily falling continuously for over a month. It may happen that it will go to a low level where government could lift the ban on the imports.

  • It would be good to lift the ban on the export of Pulses once the buffer stock is maintained to keep the retail prices in the market at a level where farmers can be encouraged in long term to continue taking more interest in sowing of Pulses.

India Kharif Urad Sowing Progress As On September 15
Following are the Urad acreage report state wise as on September 15. The weekly report compiled by Directorate of Pulses Development, Bhopal and released by Ministry of Agriculture, India.

State

Normal

Current

Previous

Change %

Andhra Pradesh

0.18

0.47

0.098

161.11

Gujarat

0.89

2.01

0.675

125.84

Karnataka

0.92

0.83

0.81

-9.78

Madhya Pradesh

6.45

11.68

9.32

81.09

Maharashtra

3.63

4.53

2.79

24.79

Rajasthan

1.99

3.89

2.28

95.48

Tamil Nadu

0.53

0.6

0.35

13.21

Telangana

0.38

0.46

0.27

21.05

Uttar Pradesh

5.2

6.01

6.55

15.58

All India

24.41

35.31

28.2

44.65

Area in lakh hectare 

Note: Normal Area Is Average Of 2010-11 To 2014-15 | % Change Current Vs Normal Area.