Demonetisation has had a minor impact on Rabi sowing in Maharashtra with seeds having been sown on close to 51.93 per cent of the total area till November 25. Last year, the total sowing of Rabi crops had reached 62.14 per cent during the same period.
There are a total of 55.63 lakh hectares of Rabi area this year. November is considered the ideal month for sowing the most Rabi crops. So far, sowing has taken place on 28.89 lakh hectares of land which accounts for 51 per cent of the total rabi area. Last year, during the same period, sowing had taken place on 34.57 lakh hectare.
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Of the total 10.17 lakh hectare of land for wheat, sowing has taken place on 2.3 lakh hectare of land. 27.27 lakh hectare of land is available for coarse cereals of which sowing has taken place on 17.58 lakh hectare. For pulses, 14.87 lakh hectare of land is available of which seeds have been sown on 8.54 lakh hectare. Total oilseed area is 2.96 lakh hectare of which seeds have been sown on 0.47 lakh hectare.
“The numbers compared to last year are lower mainly because of the effects of demonetisation. However, there is not much a variance and sowing will be normal as time progresses and the liquidity situation eases in the next few days,” said a senior state government official.
The liquidity crunch has caused a delay in farmers being able to procure seeds as well as fertilisers.
“The bulk of Rabi sowing takes place in November. However, the demonetisation move had caused serious problems in procurement of seeds and fertilisers,” Madhukar Kokate, a farmer from Vinchur in Nashik district said.