Summer sowing in Gujarat surges 140%

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Published: April 29, 2020 6:01 AM

Sowing of pulse crops of moong and udad, too, spiked from 21,210 hectare and 4,890 hectare to 44,557 hectare and 13,525 hectare, respectively.

There has been considerable rise in sowing of cereal crops as sowing of paddy has gone up from 29,353 hectare to 54,941 hectare, showing a 188% increase in sowing area. (File image)There has been considerable rise in sowing of cereal crops as sowing of paddy has gone up from 29,353 hectare to 54,941 hectare, showing a 188% increase in sowing area. (File image)

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Gujarat is witnessing unprecedented rise of nearly 140% in summer sowing with 9.57 lakh hectare being already sown in the state till Tuesday as compared to previous year’s 6.82 lakh hectare.

Sources in the state agriculture department said they were expecting further increase in sowing and according to their estimate, current summer season’s sowing may touch historic 10 lakh hectare.

“Due to excellent monsoon, farmers in the state are getting adequate water for irrigation. Unlike previous year, irrigation water was released from Narmada dam till the beginning of April,” said CM Patel, joint director of agriculture.

Another important factor for more coverage in sowing is the recession in diamond industry as well as ongoing lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the labourers employed in diamond industry in Surat have returned to their native places and engaged themselves in farming activities, said a senior official with Gujarat State Agriculture Marketing Board, adding that since water was available, lakhs of hectare of extra land was cultivated for summer.

According to the state agriculture department, area of groundnut sowing has increased from 28,060 hectare to 60,109 hectare, indicating an increase of almost 215%. Sesame’s area under sowing has also augmented by nearly 310% from 18, 887 hectare to 58,178 hectare.

There has been considerable rise in sowing of cereal crops as sowing of paddy has gone up from 29,353 hectare to 54,941 hectare, showing a 188% increase in sowing area. Sowing of bajra and maize, too, surged from 2,27,77 hectare and 3,095 ha to 2, 74,310 hectare and 6,141 ha, respectively.

Sowing of pulse crops of moong and udad, too, spiked from 21,210 hectare and 4,890 hectare to 44,557 hectare and 13,525 hectare, respectively.

There has been sharp rise in sowing of vegetables from 71,812 hectare to 91,363 hectare, indicating 130% increase. Same is the case with fodder sowing area, which has surged by 125% from 2, 65, 406 to 3,35, 284 hectare.

According to sources in the state agriculture department, sowing of most crops has been completed but with easy availability of labourers as well as water, farmers are still sowing vegetables and fodder.

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