As per the initial reports, the impact of deficient monsoon may affect the farmers’ sentiment in sowing of Rabi crops. Though the sowing has just begin in some parts of the country, yet it is lagging behind as compared to the last year this time. Decreasing farmers’ income due to low output in the Kharif season as well as low soil moisture and insufficient water for irrigation in reservoirs may affect the sowing in the Rabi season.
The total area sown under Rabi crops as on November 6, 2015 has 83.95 lakh hectares as compared to 87.27 lakh hectare of last year at this time, a decline of 3.32 lakh hectare, Ministry of Agriculture figures says.
One of the major Rabi foodgrains, by November 6, 2015, wheat has been sown in 2.76 lakh hectares as compared to 4.47 lakh hectares at this time, pulses in 28.65 lakh hectares as compared to 29.73 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 32.52 lakh hectares as compared to 21.09 lakh hectares. Oilseeds has registered a major decline which has been sown in 19.91 lakh hectares as compared to 31.76 lakh hectares and rice is sown in 0.12 lakh hectares as compared to 0.22 lakh hectares.