Production levels during kharif 2018 may fall marginally due to rainfall shortage

Bajra, groundnut and cotton crops may get affected adversely

by Nidhi Bhati

Production of rice, maize and pulses during kharif 2018 may fall marginally from the level seen last summer unless rainfall progress turns favourable, as per a group of analysts at HDFC bank. Spatial distribution of rainfall deteriorated in August with deficiency rising in the northwest central parts of India. These areas broadly account for 70 per cent of overall foodgrain production in the kharif season, the analysts added. On a cumulative basis, since the beginning of the season, the northeast region continues to record the highest rainfall deficiency of 26 per cent. Bajra, groundnut and cotton crops are among the crops that are most under stress compared with last year and vegetable production in the growing regions may have a negative impact due to rainfall shortage, the analysts added. The last kharif season saw foodgrain output of 138.7 million tonnes. As on 3 August 2018, kharif sowing area was down 1.8 per cent from the year-ago period.

References
1. https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/kharif-2018-report-casts-cloud-on-crop-output-on-rainfall-pattern/1275982/
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