Due to good rains, 48% of kharif crop was sown in June alone 2020.
In June this year, 40.88 lakh hectares were planted against a total of 85 lakh hectares during the season
Planted area increased by 45% in June this year as compared to last year
Divya Bhaskar Jul 04, 2020, 05:16 PM IST
Ahmedabad. Due to timely onset of monsoon and cyclone at the end of May, kharif sowing in Gujarat has been very good this year. According to the Gujarat Department of Agriculture, 48% of the total kharif planting of the season has been completed in the month of June. According to statistics, 40.88 lakh hectares of kharif has been planted in Gujarat till June 29, 2020. The average total cultivation of the last three seasons is 84.90 lakh hectares. According to the Department of Agriculture, planting in Gujarat usually picks up after June. With the onset of monsoon on time this year, farmers have also started sowing early. In addition, the availability of water has also increased cultivation.
Peanut cultivation increased by 106% over normal
Statistics from the Department of Agriculture show that groundnut is cultivated in an average of 15.40 lakh hectares in Gujarat. In June this year alone, 16.37 lakh hectares have been planted. Sowing was done in 9.91 lakh hectares at this time last year. Khushwant Jain, chairman of the Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council, said many farmers have turned to groundnuts as they have got better prices for groundnuts than cotton. On the other hand, there is a lot of water so groundnut is likely to be planted in 3 million hectares or more this year.
An increase of 58.79% in the area under cotton
Gujarat is the largest producer of cotton in the country. A total of 15.71 lakh hectares have been planted in June this year, which is 58.79% more than the average planting of 14.35 lakh hectares. However, the area has increased by 9.47% this year as compared to 14.35 lakh hectares last year.
Cereals and pulses doubled compared to last year
According to government figures, the area under cereals and pulses has more than doubled this year as compared to last year. Crops including sorghum, millet, maize and paddy have been sown in 2.70 lakh hectares in June this year as against 1.02 lakh hectares in the same period last year. Similarly, pulses including Tuwer, Mug, Math, Adad and other pulses have been planted in a total area of 89,022 hectares as against 36,170 hectares at this time last year.