Kharif acreage twice last year's as monsoon covers India two weeks sooner

Cotton was sown on around 7.16 million hectares till Friday versus just 2.70 million hectares a year ago
The India Meteorological Department said on Friday that the southwest monsoon had covered the entire country, almost two weeks ahead of schedule. Thanks to the good rains so far, sowing of kharif crops, too, has picked up pace and area under cultivation was double the figure of the corresponding period last year.

Data from department of agriculture showed that kharif crops had been sown in around 31.56 million hectares till Friday, which was 104.25 per cent more than the same period last year. Acreage of almost all crops was higher than last year.

Data showed that even before the first month of the monsoon was over kharif crops had been sown in around 30 per cent of the area in which these crops are grown in the entire season.
Oilseeds were sown in around 8.33 million hectares till Friday, compared to 1.33 million hectares in the corresponding period last year. Pulses were sown in around 1.94 million hectares till Friday, as against 0.60 million hectares last year.

Cotton was sown in around 7.16 million hectares till Friday, compared to just 2.70 million hectares last year. Coarse cereals were planted in around 4.79 million hectares, as opposed to 2.44 million hectares last year.

The monsoon usually sets in over Kerala on June 1 and takes 45 days to reach Sri Ganganagar in west Rajasthan, its last outpost in the country.

Beginning this year, the IMD has advanced the onset date over Sri Ganganagar by a week and the new normal date for the monsoon to cover the country is July 8. “The southwest monsoon has further advanced into the remaining parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab and, thus, it has covered the entire country today, June 26,” the IMD said. A low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, which moved west-northwestwards, and another cyclonic circulation over central India helped advance the monsoon.

In 2013, the monsoon had covered the entire country on June 16. This had also coincided with the Uttarakhand flash floods.

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said after 2013, it was only this year that the monsoon has advanced this rapidly.

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