By admin       2019-03-20

Punjab aims 18.29 mln tn paddy output 2019-20 vs 19.13 mln tn –Punjab pegs 608,000 tn kharif maize output 2019-20 vs 381,000 tn –Punjab pegs 1.5 mln bales cotton output 2019-20 vs 1.3 mln bales –Punjab pegs 9.24 mln tn sugarcane output 2019-20 vs 8.21 mln tn MUMBAI – Punjab has set a target of producing 18.29 mln tn paddy in the 2019-20 (Jul-Jun) kharif season, down 4% on year, as the state is focusing on less water-intensive crops such as maize and cotton, said a senior official from the state farm department."Paddy acreage is seen declining due to shift in acreage to maize and cotton as the underground water table level is reducing in the state," the official said.The state is aiming cotton production of 1.54 mln bales in the coming season, up 23% from the current year. In 2018-19, the state had estimated cotton yield at 788 kg per ha.The area under cotton is seen rising to 350,000 ha, compared with 275,000 ha in 2018-19. Sowing of cotton normally starts late April in irrigated areas of north India, while in rain-fed regions of the country, it starts in June.The farm department has set a target to increase kharif maize production to 608,000 tn, higher from 381,000 tn this year. Barring rice, the state may see higher production of major kharif crops such as cotton, maize, and sugarcane.Production under sugarcane is targeted at 9.24 mln tn, compared with 8.2 mln tn last year. Following are the targets for some major kharif crops sown in Punjab in 2019-20 (Jul-Jun), production in tn, compared with the second advance estimate of the current year:

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