As the Kharif season has kick started in the country, sowing has also started in Andhra Pradesh. So far, 0.94 lakh hectares has been sown against the 1.26 lakh hectares sown at the same time last year. Though Monsoon had timely arrived over Andhra Pradesh on June 7 but still, this year sowing is down by 25% as compared to last year.
Normally in the season, total area in Andhra Pradesh that accounts for cultivation is around 40.42 lakh hectare. Out of this, 15.63 lakh hectares are under paddy, 20.83 lakh hectares are assigned for food grains and 10.05 lakh hectares for oilseeds.
As per recent data released by the Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Ministry, as on June 14, paddy has been sown in an area of 0.09 lakh hectares down by 47% than the same time of last year. Food grains have been sown in an area of 0.13 lakh hectares down by 57% than the same time of last year and oilseeds have been sown in an area of 0.10 lakh hectares down by almost 77% than the same time last year.
So far, sowing has been started in the areas of assured irrigation only. Sowing has not yet started in the rainfed areas. Due to on and off rains over Andhra Pradesh, preparatory cultivations are under progress.
During the first fourteen days of Southwest Monsoon, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, Krishna and Guntur have recorded above normal rainfall. Vizianagaram, West Godavari, Prakasam, Chittor, Anantapur and Kurnool have recorded normal rainfall. Meanwhile, Srikakulam and Kadapa have recorded deficient rainfall, followed by Nellore that remained scanty.
However, even after the recent showers in the state, Chittoor, Anantapur, Cuddapah, Nellore, Prakasam and few parts of Guntur, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam have serious soil moisture problem. So, farmers of these districts will have to wait for rains to intensify for starting of the sowing operations.
Looking at the current rainfall scenario, given is the district wise soil moisture status.
Further, according to Skymet Weather, on and off rains are expected to continue over the state throughout June. Coastal Andhra Pradesh is expected to get more Monsoon rains, while Rayalaseema may not get good rains comparatively for the rest of June.
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