New Delhi, Wednesday. August 1, Turmeric production is likely to get a setback this year as rainwater scarcity has led to poor sowing in Andhra Pradesh, which is a major Turmeric producing state in the country. Till July 25, a total of 0.31 lakh hectares of turmeric sowed in Andhra Pradesh compared to a total sowing area of 0.49 lakh hectares, last year. The sowing acreage is also below the normal total sowing of 0.44 lakh hectares. The weak monsoon rain is responsible for the drop in the sowing area in Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Paddy transplantation in Bihar is lagging behind as only 45% of the total transplantation has been completed so far due to the less rainfall during this monsoon. The overall Paddy transplantation in the country is six percent less than the previous year during the same period, yet a good rain in the month of August may recover the paddy transplantation.
The rain scarcity has also affected groundnut sowing in Saurashtra and Kutch, Maharashtra and Karnataka. So far, 2.55 million hectares sowing has been done compared to last year sowing of 3.31 million hectares.
The consistent financial gains for Sugar Cane during the last two years have led to a better sowing of Sugar Cane in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The total sowing acreage of Sugar Cane has reached to 5.28 million hectares from last year figure of 5.09 hectares.