Wheat Harvest manually

This yr, Gujarat is anticipated to report file sowings of summer time crops akin to pulses, oilseeds, cereals, and greens. This is because of ample water availability and demand driving up the costs of those crops.

According to state agriculture division information, the progressive sowing space for the 2022 season underneath all summer time crops has surpassed a million hectares (mh), in comparison with the earlier three years’ common sowing of 0.89 mh. This represents a rise of greater than 23%. Summer crops have been sown in 0.81 mh final yr.

“As a result of MSP as well as higher market prices for various agricultural commodities, as well as the availability of groundwater, the state is seeing increased acreage in summer sowing.” Last yr, elements of Gujarat skilled extended monsoons. As a outcome, farmers in some areas are harvesting crops in all three seasons, together with summer time,” mentioned CM Patel, Gujarat’s joint director of agriculture.

According to Sagar Rabari, trustee of Khedut Ekta Manch, farmers in Gujarat resorted to pulses this summer time season after incomes handsomely from these money crops within the earlier two years. Rabari additionally believes that the supply of groundwater is an element within the elevated acreage throughout the summer time season.

Some Gujarat farmers, he claims, are additionally experimenting with soyabean as a summer time crop. Pulse acreage has elevated to 90,000 hectares, up from a three-year common of round 54,000 hectares. During the earlier summer time season, pulses have been planted on 63,000 hectares in Gujarat. Oilseed plantings elevated from 0.1 million hectares to 0.16 million hectares. This enhance is because of widespread sesamum sowing (til).

Groundnut acreage has elevated from 49,200 hectares to as a lot as 60,000 hectares yr on yr, significantly within the Saurashtra and North Gujarat areas.

Surprisingly, cereal sowing has elevated solely marginally from the earlier three years’ common of 0.315 million hectares to 0.3.2 million hectares within the present summer time season. However, the acreage of cereal crops has elevated considerably in comparison with the earlier summer time season’s 0.28 million hectares, in response to the newest information from the state agriculture division.

Other crops, akin to onion, greens, fodder, and guargum, noticed elevated sowing areas this summer time season when in comparison with the earlier three years’ common in addition to final yr’s sowing areas. Sugarcane planting, which requires some huge cash, has elevated from 6767 hectares to 8823 hectares.



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