Arhar cultivation reduced to 45 lakh hectares in the country
New Delhi. Kharif cultivation in the country is complete. This year, sowing of cereals has dropped by 2%. However, the cultivation of arhar, an important crop in Kharif grain, has increased slightly. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Agriculture this year, about 45.8 lakh hectares have been sown in the country.
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are the major arhar producing states in the country. However, due to lack of rainfall, the cultivation of arhar has decreased in these states this year. The late arrival of monsoon and lack of heavy rainfall has reduced its cultivation. Initially, there was no favourable time for sowing and when it rained, the cultivation time was over. This reduced the area of arhar cultivation in both states. In Maharashtra, arhar cultivation has been reduced to 12.1 lakh hectares less than 2.2%, while in Madhya Pradesh, there has been a 19% decline. This year, arhar is cultivated in only 506000 hectares.
Source - Agrowon, October 2, 2019
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