The area underneath tur (arhar or pigeon pea), the most important kharif pulses crop, has amplified by 12 for each cent in Karnataka, serving to in offsetting the drop in Maharashtra. As of mid July, tur has been planted on ten.03 lakh hectares (lh) in Karnataka towards eight.ninety seven lh in the exact same time period very last 12 months. In Maharashtra, a further big creating Condition, tur acreage is marginally lessen at ten.eighty five lh in contrast with eleven.02 lh in the 12 months-ago time period.
The protection in other States these kinds of as Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh has amplified, pushing up the overall acreage marginally to 32.seventy nine lh in contrast with 32.20 lh in the 12 months-ago time period. Tur has been planted in Telangana on three.08 lh (2.eighty two lh until July 15 very last 12 months), Madhya Pradesh on three.01 lh (2.sixty five lh), Gujarat on one.31 lh (.87 lh) and Uttar Pradesh on one.99 lh (one.ninety two lh).
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So significantly, among the kharif pulses, only tur has witnessed a marginal growth in area in contrast to moong and urad (black matpe), whose acreage is lessen than very last 12 months. Deficit rains in States these kinds of as Rajasthan, parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra have influenced kharif pulses acreage, though rainfall has picked up in some areas this 7 days. Trade sources explained a clearer image on the pulses acreages will arise by early August.
In the meantime, surplus rainfall in Karnataka’s most important tur developing area of Kalaburagi and surrounding districts these kinds of as Bidar and Yadgir is threatening to influence the crop, triggering fears among the growers.
In accordance to Karnataka Purely natural Catastrophe Checking Centre, Kalaburgi district has received surplus rains all through July. Rainfall is 132 for each cent additional than usual so significantly this month. In opposition to usual rainfall of eighty mm, Kalaburagi district has received 185 mm rainfall. In the course of the present-day monsoon year, Kalaburagi has received sixty nine for each cent additional rainfall. Equally, the neighbouring district of Bidar has received 57 for each cent additional rainfall, when Yadgir has received fifty three for each cent surplus precipitation in July.
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“Excess rains in the latest months has activated flooding in several parts, submerging the standing crop. We feel that about eight-ten for each cent of the cropped area has been influenced in these districts and the government really should assess the destruction speedily to compensate the growers,” explained Basavaraj Ingin, President, Karnataka Pradesh Crimson Gram Growers Affiliation.
Sources in Karnataka Agriculture Department, primarily based on preliminary study, estimate that about three,000 hectares of tur crop, generally in the minimal-lying areas of Kalaburagi district, would have been impacted by the present-day damp spell. If the rainfall proceeds, then there could be additional destruction. Tur has been planted on some ninety one for each cent of the targetted seven.5 lh in the district, sources explained.