Kharif crops sown in 121 lakh hectares in state

Bhopal, August 19, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  Target of Kharif sowing including soybean has been exceeded in Madhya Pradesh. As of now, Kharif crops have been sown in about 121 lakh hectares. The general Kharif area in the state is 104 lakh hectares. Among Kharif crops, soybean has been sown in over 58 lakh hectares against the target of 56 lakh 50 thousand hectares. Last year, soybean crops were sown in 55 lakh 46 hectares. Compared to Kharif mainstay crop of food grains, farmers have taken more interest in oilseed and pulse crops. Paddy has been sown in 17 lakh 75 thousand hectares, maize in 10 lakh 87 thousand hectares, jowar has been sown in 2 lakh hectares. Among pulses, tuar has been sown in 5 lakh 86 thousand hectares, urad in 9 lakh 12 thousand hectares, groundnut in 2 lakh 34 thousand hectares and cotton has been sown in 5 lakh 46 thousand hectares.According to Director Agriculture Mr. Mohanlal, general condition of crops is good. Timely, advice and plant protection materials are being provided to farmers in the areas from where news of insect and disease attack on soybean is being received. Control rooms have been set up at state and district level to advise farmers on control over crop diseases. Agriculture scientists and officers are constantly undertaking field visits and taking necessary action.