Two prominent events marked the Indian agriculture during the calendar year 2014. Firstly, a change of guard at the centre with BJP-led NDA forming the government and secondly, the deficit monsoon that impacted kharif crop output and threatened to pull down the agriculture growth.
New Delhi : Kharif crops have been sown on a total area of 1037.15 lakh hectares as on October 9, official data showed on Friday. The sowing of monsoon crops was on an area of 1,020.48 lakh hectares during the corresponding time of last year. Rice, a widely-eaten food in the country, was transplanted on 377.23 lakh hectares, pulses on... Read More
The sowing of Kharif crop like paddy, pulses and oilseeds, which usually kicks off from April, has failed to gain pace due to delay in arrival of South-West monsoon, which is important for agriculture as just 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation.