Paddy coverage increases may help lift ban on rice export
The reliable sources reported that the overall acreage of kharif crops has reached 94 per cent of the normal area of 1,091.73 lakh hectares (lh), by the third week of August, showing an increase by 1 lh from the year ago period.
While the area under paddy, nutri/coarse cereals and sugarcane has increased, that of pulses, oilseeds and cotton is has decreased as compared with the numbers, a year ago.
Paddy coverage has been completed in 90 per cent of the normal area and it is 4 per cent more than the year ago period, tell the sources.
The recent increase though small, makes, the government decide on removing the ban on the export of white (raw) rice. Only after assessing the actual production, whichwill be done based on arrival and prices of paddy, it may take the final decission, said the sources.
The government is said to havefixed a target of 158.06 million tonnes (mt) of foodgrains production, including 111 mt of rice, 9.09 mt of pulses, 13.97 mt of Shree Anna (nutri cereals) and 24 mt of maize in the current kharif season. In kharif 2022, foodgrains production was 155.12 mt.
According to the weekly update released by the Agriculture Ministry, Paddy acreage reached 360.79 lh (345.79 lh). Higher area has been reported from Telangana (by 4.42 lh), Bihar (4.15 lh), Chhattisgarh (2.71 lh), Jharkhand (2.24 lh), Haryana (1.64 lh), West Bengal (1.47 lh), Uttar Pradesh (1.28 lh), Punjab (0.40 lh) and Madhya Pradesh (0.32 lh), whereas, the acreage is reported lower in Andhra Pradesh (1.53 lh), Karnataka (1.47 lh), Assam (0.61 lh) and Odisha (0.43 lh).
However, the total area under pulses declined by 9.2 per cent to 114.93 lh from 126.52 lh a year ago. Lower pulses acreage has been reported by Madhya Pradesh (3.59 lh), Karnataka (3.42 lh), Maharashtra (2.80 lh), Odisha (0.67 lh), Uttar Pradesh (0.51 lh), Andhra Pradesh (0.45 lh), Gujarat (0.41 lh), Telangana (0.37 lh). But, higher area is reported by Rajasthan (1.36 lh) and West Bengal (0.02 lh).
Oilseeds acreage declined 1.7 per cent at 185.91 lh (189.08 lh). The area under coarse cereals and Shree Anna have increased 1.6 per cent to 176.39 lh from 173.6 lh due to higher planting under ragi, bajra and maize.
Cotton acreage was reported decreased at 121.86 lh (124.21 lh) , Sugarcane coverage was higher at 56.06 lh against 55.32 lh the year ago period.