The area under kharif crops reached over 580 lakh hectares as on July 10, as per the sowing coverage data released by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The favourable monsoons this year are largely behind the kharif sowing growth.
Among major kharif crops, rice sowing was 38% higher at 6.8 million hectares, oilseed acreage was 225% higher at 10.9 million hectares and pulses sowing was higher by 289% at 3.7 million hectares than last year. Other crops such as coarse cereal acreage was also 101% higher at 7.1 million hectares, sugarcane and cotton acreages were at 5.1 million hectares and 9.2 million hectares respectively. The figures for these crops last year stood at 5 million and 4.6 million hectares respectively.
India received around 13 percent higher rain than normal as on July 9 after the monsoon hit the Kerala coast on June 1. The actual rainfall in the country was 275.4 mm against the normal of 243.6 mm in the corresponding year ago period. As per the report of the CWC, the live water storage available in 123 reservoirs in the country is 167 percent of live storage of the corresponding period of last year and 146 percent of the storage of the average of the last ten years.