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    Copious rainfall cheers up the farmers; India poised for an all time high summer crop and yearly output.

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    August 31, 2020
    1. Farm ministry data shows growers sowed 108.2 million hectares (267.4 million acres) with crops such as rice, corn, cotton, soybeans and sugarcane.
    2. The 7 percent bigger than last year, promises a bumper harvest in Asia’s third-biggest economy, despite the rapid spread of coronavirus.
    3. “We’re confident that food production will cross the target of 298.32 million tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year,” said Farm Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, praising farmers for the record acreage.
    4. THE BREAKUP
    4.1.Rice, the main food crop of the world’s second-most populous nation, was planted across 38.9 million hectares (96.1 million acres), up from 35.4 million hectares (87.4 million acres) in the year-earlier period.
    4.2. Oilseeds were planted across 19.3 million hectares (47.6 million acres), up from 17 million hectares (42 million acres).
    4.3. Sowing of soybean, the main summer oilseed crop, stood at 12 million hectares (29.6 million acres), versus 11.3 million hectares (27.9 million acres).
    4.4. Sugar cane planting was marginally higher, at 5.2 million hectares (12.8 million acres).
    4.5. Protein-rich pulses, a staple of the Indian diet, were planted across 13.4 million hectares (33.1 million acres), up from last year’s 12.9 million hectares (31.9 million acres).
    4.6. Corn acreage of 8 million hectares (19.8 million acres) exceeded last year’s 7.9 million hectares (19.5 million acres).
    4.7. The area planted with cotton totalled 12.8 million hectares (31.6 million acres) against 12.5 million hectares (30.9 million acres).
    5. After a spell of patchy rain in the last two weeks of July, India received rainfall in August that was 24 percent above the average, a trend weather officials see as likely to run until the end of the month.
    Ramdas Iyer
    31.08.2020
    Monday
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