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Deficient rain hits paddy, cotton sowing in Haryana

chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2012 13:08 IST

With kharif sowing getting complete amid weak monsoon, area under paddy, cotton and bajra in Haryana has shrunk considerably.

However, paddy acreage has exceeded the targeted area in Punjab.

The major impact of shortfall in acreage will be witnessed in paddy crop in Haryana with agrarian state facing 1.38 lakh hectares of dip in crop cultivation this season against the target of 12 lakh hectares.

With the state agriculture department expecting adverse impact on basmati rice cultivation, the state managed to bring 10.62 lakh hectares because of poor rain against 12.35 lakh hectares last year.

"There will be a fall in area under basmati paddy in the state due to poor rain," said BS Duggal, additional director of the department.

Haryana accounts for 40% of country's basmati production in the country with almost 7.5 to 8 lakh hectares under basmati varieties of crop.

The state has also seen a sharp fall in area under cultivation of cotton and bajra crops due to less rain. Against the target of 6 lakh hectares, acreage under cotton remained low at 5.25 lakh hectares, reporting shortfall of 75,000 hectares.

Cultivation of bajra has also gone down sharply to 2.71 lakh hectares against the target of 6.1 lakh hectares.

Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, during his visit to Chandigarh last week, had found situation in Haryana as worst because of shortfall in area under kharif crops.

However, only guar crop turned out to be an exception which saw area jumping to 3.41 lakh hectares against the target of 3 lakh hectares on the back of high prices.