Wednesday 04 July 2012
Corn planting underway
A pickup in sowing is expected this week in major parts of the country due to a revival in monsoon rains.
Kharif sowing lags behind by 50% to 70% in southern states this year due to delayed rainfall.
"Rainfall in the last two days has been adequate. Sowing is expected to pick up pace this week.
The delay in rainfall will not have a major impact on either acreage or yield," said B Venkateswarlu, director, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA).
Sowing is trailing behind by 50% in Maharashtra but the agriculture department has not rung the alarm bell yet.
Maharashtra agriculture commissioner Umakant Dangat said, "Though rainfall has been delayed, we don't expect it to have any major impact on production.
There was not much sowing till last week.
But planting has begun on a large scale in Konkan, Vidarbha and Maharathwada too after it rained in the last two days.
The situation is looking normal."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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