APSummer sowing has almost been completed.The area under cultivation of summer crops has gone up by 21.58% from last year to 80.02 lakh hectares. The rise is primarily due to sharp increase in pulses area, which has gone up by almost 70% from last year, raising hopes of a good harvest and extra income for farmers.
The met department has also forecast that monsoon will hit Kerala on its scheduled date of June 1.
“Like last year, the agriculture is growing steadily during Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is on increasing pulses and oilseeds production and we are on the right path,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.
The pulses area has expanded to 17.75 lakh hectares as against 10.49 lakh hectare, last year. Similarly, there is increase in oilseeds area also, which has seen a surge of 12.05%. The main crop rice has also witnessed a rise in area by 15.52%.
“This year the production of rice is likely to go up as the area has gone up from 34.13 lakh hectares to 39.43 lakh hectares this year. The area under coarse cereals grew to 12.11 lakh hectares as against last year’s coverage of 11.62 lakh hectares during this time,” he said.
Summer sowing has almost been completed. It not only provides extra income but also create employment opportunities. A major gain by the cultivation of summer crops is the improvement in soil health, particularly through the pulses crop.