A better harvest of pulses along with a rebound in the kharif harvest is confirmed this year because of higher planting of crops and better rainfall. The good growth will calm the two years of distress and food inflation, says officials.
Cultivation of pulses has expanded 41 per cent this year, which should calm soaring prices, latest official data shows. Total kharif planting is up 6.3 per cent at 799.51 lakh hectares compared to a year ago.
The planting outputs may rise even higher due to better monsoon. A Niti Aayog member said agricultural growth can touch 6 per cent in 2016-17 with the country receives good rains and increase in planting area.
"I expect a major impact on productivity of crop which can easily grow by 3-4 per cent. Good monsoon rains will also provide some respite to farmers facing the agrarian distress as they will be save on the input cost like diesel," he commented.
Heavy rainfall in key agricultural areas helped total kharif planting increase by 15 per cent in a week. The increase was largely seen in acreage of rice, pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals. The kharif crop accounts for more than half of the total food output.
Among pulses, planting of arhar rose more than 68 per cent from last year and is expected to further increase with farmers in Saurashtra region of Gujarat going for planting. Higher planting was recorded in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh too.