The Ministry of Agriculture has released the progress of kharif sowings report dated 7 September 2012. Total kharif area stands at 976.5 lakh hectares. The y-o-y deficit in sowings has narrowed down to 5.1 per cent, from six per cent as of 31 August.
An additional two lakh hectares was brought under bajra cultivation during the week. As a result, the y-o-y fall in coarse cereals acreage has narrowed down by two percentage points, to 11.1 per cent.
Area under kharif pulses was 5.9 per cent lower y-o-y, as of 7 September. Rajasthan, Karnataka reported the sharpest dip in cultivated area. Among pulses, area sown under green gram fell by 11.7 per cent y-o-y.
In the oilseeds segment, the y-o-y deficit was trimmed by 1.4 percentage points to three per cent. Groundnut, sesamum and castor sowings gathered pace during the week. Soyabean sowing for the season has ended with a 3.5 per cent y-o-y rise in acreage. This has helped offset the steep fall in groundnut acreage in the current season.
Rice acreage was 4.2 per cent lower y-o-y, as of 7 September. When compared with normal area as of this date, acreage was 11.4 lakh hectares higher. Cotton acreage continued to trail its year-ago level by 4.7 per cent. A dry spell in Gujarat in June-July impeded sowings, and pulled down total acreage from the preceding season. However, the scenario is not as grim when compared with the normal area of cotton.
The sugarcane cultivation season has ended on a high note. Barring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, all other states reported a rise in cane acreage over the preceding season. Area sown in the current season stands at 52.8 lakh hectares, 4.4 per cent higher than its year-ago level.