Sowing activity in Maharashtra has been hampered with major parts of the state yet to receive rains. Sowing for the current kharif year till date has fallen by 65%. According the state’s department of agriculture around 2,94,500 hectares of farm land has seen sowing activity this year compared to 8,60,200 hectares that went in for sowing in the same time last year. Till June 17, 2016, only 2% of the area saw sowing activity.
In Maharashtra, 201 of the 355 talukas have seen rains below 25%. It has been between 25% and 50% in 61 talukas. Only 37 of the 355 talukas in the state received rainfall in excess of 100%. Around 60 talukas received between 50% and 100% range.
Pulses, oilseeds and cotton have seen lower sowing than last year. The total pulse sowing has come down by 40% to 1,21,900 hectares from last year’s 2,04,000 hectares. Tur sowing has come down to 11,400 hectare from 28,900 hectares, moong is down to 2,500 hectares from 13,200 hectares while urad area sowing is down to 4,000 hectares from 6,800 hectares. Similar oilseed sowing are has more than halved to 62,000 hectares. Cotton sowing this June has been reported on 1.09 lakh hectares by compared to 5.18 lakh hectares sowing reported same time last year. Groundnut is the only crop to buck the trend with June 2016 reporting near doubling of area.