Good rainfall boosts Jharkhand foodgrain yield

August 10th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Aug 10 (IANS) Jharkhand expects increased foodgrain production this year following a good rainfall, the government said Wednesday.

“We expect production of more than 31 million tonnes of foodgrain this year,” said Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Satyanand Jha.

The state has received 616 mm of rainfall till now this year, much higher than in previous years, the Met office said.

“This year the rainfall is good and distribution is also good. The rains in August will be very helpful for the farmers. This year the rainfall is much better than in previous years,” G.K. Mohanty, director of Jharkhand Met department, told IANS.

According to an official of Jharkhand agriculture department, more than 65 percent sowing has taken place in the state.

“The good rainfall in June and August has helped farmers to expedite sowing. The sowing is likely to cross 80 percent and if the rainfall continues to be good, it could touch 90 percent,” he told IANS.

In the last three years, Jharkhand had witnessed sowing between 25 and 35 percent due to erratic and poor rainfall.

Last year, the foodgrain yield was around 20 lakh tonnes.

The normal monsoon rainfall of Jharkhand is 1092 mm.

Jharkhand depends on monsoon as it irrigates only 12 percent of the cultivable land against the national average of 40 percent.

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