Over 35 years ago, in 1986, a government report on crop diversification, led by economist S.S. Johl, recommended at least 20% area under paddy and wheat, the dominant crops in Punjab, should be shifted to other crops for ecological sustainability, primarily prevention of groundwater depletion. The predicted impact of a large paddy area on groundwater has come true – currently 80% of the state is in the red zone due to the overexploitation of groundwater.
The government aims to procure 775.72 lakh tonne of paddy in the 2022-23 kharif marketing season (October-September).
India’s wheat and paddy crops have been affected this year due to heat waves and deficient monsoon showers in some parts of the subcontinent
On Thursday, the government imposed ban on exports of broken rice and also slapped an export duty of 20 per cent on non-basmati rice, except for parboiled rice, as its seeks to boost domestic supply and curb rising prices that have gone up by 8 per cent in wholesale market and 6 per cent in retail.
The wide disparity in rainfall, with cycles of deluge and drought, has impacted the paddy crop due to late sowing.
Paddy was sown in 390.99 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, the data showed.
In case of pulses, total sown area was down by 7.08 lakh hectare at 125.57 lakh hectare till August 18 of this kharif season from the year-ago period.
Paddy is the main kharif crop, sowing of which begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June. About 80 per cent of the country's total production comes from this season.
The area covered under paddy stood at 274.30 lakh hectare (LH) as on August 5, as against 314.14 LH in the year-ago period.
Paddy was sown in 95 lakh hectares and oilseeds in 97.56 lakh hectares in the same period of the 2021-22 crop year (July-June).
A quantity of 290.98 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in KMS 2021-22 till November 30. "Till now about 18.17 lakh farmers have been benefitted with MSP value of Rs 57,032.03 crore," the statement said.
The Kharif marketing season (KMS) 2021-22 runs from October to September.Food Corporation of India (FCI) is the government’s nodal agency for the procurement and distribution of foodgrains.
The experts, who attended a meeting with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, made it clear that cultivation of maize in the rainy season is not at all profitable.
After discussion, the budget provisions worth over Rs 4546 crore for the second supplementary budget 2019-20 were passed with a voice vote.
"The government should not harass the farmers until the state government makes alternative arrangements for the consumption of paddy straw into the soil as per the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT)," Khaira said in a statement here.
After touching a record $4.88 billion or Rs 29,299 crores in 2013-14, India‘s basmati export earnings were on a declining trend over the past three years ...
Sowing area under wheat and pulses have touched record 317.81 lakh hectares and 159.72 lakh hectares, respectively, so far in the ongoing rabi (winter- sown) season on good monsoon and higher support price.
"As per preliminary reports received from the states, the total area sown under Rabi crops as on 23 rd December, 2016 stands at 554.91 lakh hectares as compared to 523.40 lakh hectare this time in 2015," an official statement said.
Cash crunch due to demonetisation of high value notes notwithstanding, sowing area under wheat has risen 14 per cent to 174 lakh hectares while that of pulses is up 13 per cent to 113 lakh hectares so far in the current Rabi (winter-sown) season, propped by good monsoon and higher support price.
West Bengal food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick today said the demonetisation was taking a heavy toll on paddy procurement in the state and would cause a severe food crisis in days to come.
Reviewing the arrangements of the procurement in all the 10 districts of Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhunj, Bhadrak, Khurda, Puri and Nayagarh, the State food and civil supplies minister Sanjay Dasburma said the state government has decided to procure paddy worth Rs 7,500 crore from farmers this year.
Cracking the whip on farmers who continue to defy orders on burning paddy stubble, authorities in Haryana have initiated action against 1406 violators, and recovered a fine of Rs 13.75 lakh so far, a senior official said today.
As per reports, Rice exports from India in the second week of October (9-16) was 105924.31 tons out of which basmati rice contribute 58.27% (61725.9 tons) and ...
With paddy arrivals picking up in Punjab and Haryana, farmers in both agrarian states have claimed they are not getting full MSP for their crop, and blamed the nexus between rice shellers, officials of procurement agencies and others for the "scam".
Sowing of paddy, the main kharif crop, has gained momentum on account of good monsoon and total acreage under this crop has gone up by 6 percent to 81.93 lakh hectares so far this year, according to the Agriculture Ministry