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  Metros   Mumbai  18 Mar 2017  Jowar, wheat production up amid farm loan crisis

Jowar, wheat production up amid farm loan crisis

THE ASIAN AGE. | VARUN SINGH
Published : Mar 18, 2017, 2:21 am IST
Updated : Mar 18, 2017, 6:59 am IST

The production has risen despite the area under cultivation for rabi crops down by five per cent as compared to last year.

The government's demonetisation move, which pulled out 86 per cent of currency in circulation, has badly affected farmers as they have little cash to buy agri-inputs for winter crops and are even facing hardship in repaying crop loans. (Photo: Representational Image)
 The government's demonetisation move, which pulled out 86 per cent of currency in circulation, has badly affected farmers as they have little cash to buy agri-inputs for winter crops and are even facing hardship in repaying crop loans. (Photo: Representational Image)

Mumbai: Even as both the houses are non-functional and rattled over the issue of farmer loan waiver, the state government claims that jowar production is 108 per cent higher than last year, while the production of wheat has risen by 43 per cent and maize by 19 per cent. The production has risen despite the area under cultivation for rabi crops down by five per cent as compared to last year. All these figures are from the state’s economic survey, which has also claimed that 24 districts in the state received normal rainfall, while there was no district with scanty rainfall.

According to the report released on Friday, the monsoons in Maharashtra arrived on June 18, 2016 in eastern Vidarbha region and it spread all over the state by June 21. During June, July, August, September and October, the state received 79.3 per cent, 107.7 per cent, 74 per cent. 115.1 per cent and 103.1 per cent rainfall respectively. “The total rainfall in the state during 2016 was 94.9 per cent of the normal,” the report states. Rainfall, was excess in five districts, while it was normal in 24 districts in 2016.

Tags: vidarbha, rabi crops