By admin       2018-07-03

AHMEDABAD, July 02, 2018 - Though the Met Department pronounced the official onset of monsoon in Gujarat a week ago, kharif sowing is yet to kick off as the State is yet to receive sufficient rains. Delayed rains have shrunk the sowing window for cotton by about a fortnight for the largest producer of the fibre crop. However, the trade and growers are optimistic that the targetted acreage will be achieved during the remaining sowing period till July 15, if it rains adequately. Kharif sowing for cotton normally commences in the first week of June and goes on till July-end. However, this year, due to the delayed monsoon, the pace of cotton sowing has been sluggish at 241,578 hectares as of June 25, down 64 per cent from last year’s 675,600 hectares from same time. The rainfall deficit till June 30 has been pegged at 91 per cent with 68 mm as against 831 mm State average. Even the forecast for the week till July 6 shows bleak chances of widespread rains in the State.

Download App

# #

Member Login