By admin       2016-07-08

Jul 8, 2016 - Ahmedabad: With no support in cotton prices from the Centre, the state's farmers have turned to groundnut. This year the initial sowing trends show a shift towards groundnut as compared to last year when cotton was the favoured cash crop. Groundnut crop has been sown over 4.56 lakh hectares which is 32.75% of the total annual sowing area - 13.94 lakh hectares, while in the case of cotton sowing has taken place in 7.07 lakh hectares which is only 25% of the usual area covered - 28.21 lakh hectares. Experts believe that though these are initial trends there is a growing anti-cotton sentiment among farmers as the Union government had failed to announce a good support price for the cash crop. Against their demand for Rs 1,000 for 20 kg produce as support price, the central government sanctioned only Rs 800 per 20 kg. "This is the reason why farmers are favouring groundnut this year," added an expert. An official of the state agriculture department said that owing to delay in monsoon, sowing of kharif crops too has been slow. Farmers have sown kharif crops in 15.17 lakh hectares this year. By this time last year crops had been sown in 42.41 lakh hectares.

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