Oilseeds like groundnut and soyabean
and other crops led by cotton are largely sown in Kutch and Saurashtra regions of Gujarat, which have seen ample rainfall so far, in excess of 60 per cent or more of normal rainfall.
As a result, kharif sowing in 2020 for total oilseed crops has touched 95.89 per cent by the third week of July already with a progressive sowing area of 2.29 million hectares as against 2.39 million hectares of normal. Other crops, led by cotton, have seen 71.31 per cent of normal at 3.04 million hectares of progressive sowing so far as compared to 4.27 million hectares of the normal area.
On the other hand, with deficient rainfall in central and southern Gujarat, the sowing of cereals and pulses has been sub-normal so far. Total cereal crops have seen progressive sowing of only 777,823 hectares or 57.50 per cent of the normal, while pulses have touched 309,092 hectares or 65.54 per cent of the normal area this year.
However, due to advanced sowing in oilseeds and other crops led by cotton, the overall kharif sowing in Gujarat
has seen significant progress. So far, 75.72 per cent of normal sowing has been achieved for all the crops put together at 6.42 million hectares as compared to 8.49 million hectares of the last three years' average.
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