Rains may cover north by July 10; paddy crop to be unaffected
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 21:45
  
New Delhi: The agri-research body ICAR on Saturday said sowing of paddy crop is unlikely to be affected adversely as monsoon rains are expected to reach the northern parts of the country by July 10.

"Monsoon rains have picked up since yesterday. By July 10, it will cover the northern region and the paddy crop will not be adversely affected," Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Director General S Ayyappan told PTI on the sidelines of a mango festival here.

The monsoon rains though started in time on May 31 have not advanced since June 18 when they covered half of the country. India Meteorological Department says the annual rains have been 16 per cent below normal for this season, mostly due to sluggish progress.

Ayyappan said the country would receive more than normal rainfall as forecast by weather officials.

Monsoon rains are crucial for kharif crops as 60 per cent of the Indian agriculture is rain-fed. In case of paddy, over 40 per cent of 43 million hectare of paddy area is rainfed.

According to the official data, farmers are estimated to have sown paddy in an area of about 46.46 lakh hectare till June, against 45.43 lakh hectare in the same period last year.

Farmers undertake planting of paddy and other crops in the kharif season (summer) with the onset of South West Monsoon and continue till September.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 21:45


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