bumper kharif in andhraAfter two drought years, Andhra Pradesh is all set for a bountiful agricultural yield, if the latest data on sowing operations is any indication.The crucial Kharif season began on a promising note with farmers taking up cultivation in more area as compared to that of the last two years. With the southwest monsoon remaining active thus far, AP received copious amounts of rainfall.
All districts, except Srikakulam and Nellore, reported excess rainfall till July 6.The two districts received normal rainfall. The total area sown in the state till date stands at 10.09 lakh hectares as against the normal area of 6.13 lakh hectares.


Sowing of rain-fed crops like bajra, jowar, maize, red gram, green gram, black gram, and sesamum is under progress in all districts.Early sown crops are like green gram, black gram, groundnut, sesamum, and cotton are in vegetative stage in coastal districts. The area under pulses cultivation recorded the highest increase with pulses commanding a highly attractive price in the open market. Pulses are cultivated in 1.27 lakh hectares against normal of about 0.28 lakh hectares, which is 465 per cent more than the average acreage.Black gram, which is priced nearly Rs 150 per kg, has become the favourite crop for farmers with nearly 1,000 per cent increase in the area under cultivation. Paddy nurseries are being raised in Godavari and Krishna deltas and the crop is currently at nursery to transplanting stage. The area under paddy cultivation has also recorded a steep increase.Paddy cultivation so far has covered 1.11 lakh hectares against the average area of 0.70 lakh hectares till July 7.

“Farmers in Krishan delta where more than 11 lakh hectares is cultivated in Kharif are now showing more interest in agricultural operations after the completion of Pattiseema project. The project has assured irrigation facility in the Krishna delta. We are planning to pump 8,000 cusecs of water every day from Pattiseema,“ said irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao. Agriculture department officials pointed out that there has been an increase in oilseed cultivation in Andhra Pradesh. Farmers are now taking up oilseed cultivation with an eye on higher yields and remunerative prices. Oilseed cultivation has reported an increase of 215 per cent. The ayacut under oilseeds has doubled from 2.44 lakh to 4.90 lakh hectares in the state. Anantapur district topped in the cultivation of oilseeds as the sown area increased by 301 per cent. It is followed by Kurnool and Guntur which recorded 250 per cent increase.

However, major reservoirs in the state have not received inflows so far this monsoon season.