Rabi crop sowing delayed due to unseasonal rains


Unseasonal rains in late September and early October have delayed the sowing of rabi crops such as mustard, wheat and potatoes by a fortnight as farmers from certain pockets of the country are still harvesting the kharif crop.

While sowing of some rabi crops is getting delayed, acreage of chickpea may decrease this year as farmers from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are not too keen as they have not got good prices in past couple of years.

“Though sowing of mustard is advancing at a fast pace, in some states such as Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and West Bengal, the sowing is being delayed due to unseasonal rains during the kharif harvesting season,” said Vijay Data, managing director of Vijay Solvex, which manufactures edible oils. “Generally, the sowing of mustard is over by November 15. But this year it is likely to be completed by November 30. We are hopeful that the acreage will go up by 10% this year.”

The mustard seed output is estimated at 10.95 million tonnes in 2021-22. The area under coverage has been pegged at 8.74 million hectares while the average yield is expected to be 1,270 kg per hectare.
Sowing of wheat has also been delayed due to the rains. “This year the sowing may spill over to December. Generally, it is completed by the end of November. But the rains have derailed the timeline this year,” said Tarun Satsangi, assistant general manager, research at Origo Commodities.


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