Raichur registers record foodgrain production

Staff Correspondent

Output of pulses and oilseeds exceeds target, cotton slides

District produced 9.93 lakh tonnes of foodgrain against the targeted 9.43 lakh tonnes

Cotton yield falls due to decrease in area of cultivation in rabi season

Raichur: The district has registered a record production of foodgrain, pulses and oilseeds during 2007-08.

In the past three seasons of kharif, rabi and summer, the district had produced 9.93 lakh tonnes of foodgrain as against the target of 9.43 lakh tonnes and 64,591 tonnes of pulses as against a target of 29,385 tonnes. The production of oilseeds was 2.16 lakh tonnes as against a target of 2.06 lakh tonnes. However, the production of cotton decreased in the district owing to the reduction of the area under cultivation in the rabi season. The district produced about 6,891 bales (170 kg per bale) of cotton as against the targeted 11,620 bales.

In the year, paddy and hybrid bajra were the two crops, which covered an area of 1,75,195 hectares and 63,310 hectares, respectively. Among pulses, “tur” and bengalgram were grown in 17,000 hectares and 67,654 hectares respectively. Two major oilseed crops cultivated in the district were sunflower and groundnut. While sunflower was sown in an area of 2.05 lakh hectares, groundnut was cultivated in 55,000 hectares.

According to official records, cereals like paddy, jowar, maize, hybrid bajra and wheat were cultivated in an area of 1,63,727 hectares during kharif and in 1,02,329 hectares during rabi. The same crops were cultivated in 77,155 hectartes in summer.

Pulses such as “tur”, greengram, horsegram, cowpea, bengalgram and blackgram were sown in an area of 35,763 hectares during kharif, 69,378 hectares during rabi and 458 hectares during summer. On the other hand 1,10,087 hectares of land came under the cultivation of oilseeds like groundnut, sunflower, “til”, caster during the kharif season, while the same crops were sown in 98,701 hectares in rabi and 45,578 hectares in summer.

One of the main reasons for the reduction in yield in cotton was the drastic reduction in the area of cultivation in the rabi season. During kharif, the cotton was sown in an area of 15,918 hectares as against the target of 13,200 heactres and produced 5,571 bales as against a target of 4,620 bales. This, however, changed in rabi when the crop was grown in 3,772 hectares as against the sowing target of 20,000 hectares.

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