India: Kharif crops production likely to decline up to 53.3% due to erratic weather

  • The production of coarse grains, pulses, oil seeds and sugarcane is expected to decline in the summer season of 2019-20 due to late monsoon and erratic and heavy rains later, according to a report.
  • In the current assessment, coarse grains, pulses, oil seeds and sugarcane have marginally pushed themselves further in the negative region with an expected decline of 14.14%, 14.09%, 53.31% and 11.07% over the last estimate, respectively, according to a report by the National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC).
  • Widespread floods were seen in 13 states between Jul-Aug 19, due to incessant rains which caused significant dent on the acreage and production of several kharif crops, he said.
  • “As per our assessment, sowing of rice and pulses has been most hit in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. After the floods receded, the sowing recovered and things started to approach to normalcy, though the entire kharif season has been delayed by about 20 to 25 days,” he added.
  • The real deterrent for the kharif crop came with post monsoon rains, which exceeded by 32% and had maximum impact in the northwest region (121% excess) and the central India region (64% excess).
  • According to the report, rice production in 2019-20 is expected to decline marginally by 8.21% over 2019 while maize is expected to decline significantly by about 11.86% over 2019.

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