Pune division sees record kharif sowing

Oil Seeds And Pulses Favoured
Riding on the good monsoon, kharif sowing has picked up momentum in the state with certain divisions, including Pune, reporting a bumper cultivation this season, so far.Till second week of August last year, around 1.21crore hectare of land was cultivated, which was lower than the fiveyear average of 1.39 crore hectare. This year, however, 1.41 crore hectare of land has been cultivated till now, sources from the state irrigation department told TOI.

They said oil seeds and pulses have found huge favour with cultivators on the back of the abundant rainfall. “Sowing of oil seeds and pulses has gone up to 119% and 117% respectively. Among pulses, tur and moong sowing has increased up to 123% and 115% respectively, while that of urad has gone up to 124% of the average of last five years,“ the sources added.

Among eight divisions in the state, Pune has recorded the highest sowing of 140%.Konkan and Nagpur have remained at the bottom with sowing staying at 82% and 90% respectively.

“Surprisingly , areas in Aurangabad and Latur have witnessed notable increase in so wing this season, so far. Both divisions have crossed the average sowing ofthe last five years. Cultivation in Latur too is picking up fast. Increased sowing in Marathwada and Vidarbha is expected to bring huge relief to the farmers who had faced disappointing kharif and rabi seasons last year,“ an official from the state irrigation department said.

A report released by the department stated that 21 districts have recorded excess rainfall till second week of August. Rainfall remained in the range of 75% to 100% in 12 districts with only one district recording below 75% rain. Meanwhile, local officers have been asked to issue advisory to farmers for dealing with infestation on rice, urad, moong and soyabean.

Source : TOI