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Harvesting operations for Rabi crops are not hampered by the second wave of Covid | India News

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NEW DELHI: The second wave of Covid-19 has not affected the ongoing harvest operations in the country with farmers already harvesting more than 55% of their crops as on Friday, showing the continued resilience of the agricultural sector in the face of the pandemic.
The entire harvesting operation of the Rabi crops (sown in winter) is expected to be completed in the next 2-3 weeks, which will give farmers enough time to prepare for the next growing cycle with the onset of the monsoon. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is expected to release its first stage monsoon forecast in the middle of this month.
Harvest data, published by the Ministry of Agriculture, shows that farmers have already harvested more than 91% of oilseeds, 83% of sugar cane, 82% of legumes, 77% of cereals. secondary crops such as corn and jowar, and more than 31% of wheat. at the beginning of Rabi’s marketing season. Overall, Rabi harvested more than 390 lakh hectares of agricultural land out of the total area of ​​697 lakh hectares harvested as of Friday.
In what could be a clear sign of a bumper crop in tune with the country’s record estimates of food grain production in the 2020-21 crop year (July-June cycle), the ministry said all crops were in “good condition”. and the harvest was “in full swing.”
In February, the ministry had estimated the country’s food grain production in the 2020-21 crop season at an all-time high of around 303 million tons (MT), which is more than 2% higher than the year’s production. previous. It showed a record production of rice (120 MT), wheat (109 MT), corn (30 MT) and gram (12 MT) in the basket of food grains.
Meanwhile, planting of the summer crops (which are sown before the monsoon) is also proceeding apace despite lower rainfall during the current phase. Actual precipitation received in the country in March was 45% lower compared to normal precipitation during the period, but summer planting progressed well due to good soil moisture content and adequate water availability in all major reservoirs. from the country.

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