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Crop Report: India maize acreage 8.22 mln ha as of Thu, up 13% on yr

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NEW DELHI: Acreage of maize across the country in the ongoing kharif season was at 8.22 mln ha as of Thursday, up 13.0% on year, according to data  released by the agriculture ministry today.

The current acreage is also higher than the normal of 7.35 mln ha for the season, based on the average of last five years, the data showed. This kharif season, sowing has been higher on year due to good rains so
far, traders said.

Fresh maize supplies are likely to hit markets in October and the crop is seen big this year, Nizamabad-based trader Gopal Ganesh said adding that prices may decline in October. As of Monday, India has received 636.1 mm average rainfall so far in the Jun-Sep season, 2% below normal of 647.3 mm, according to data by the India Meteorological Department.


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The weather bureau has forecast Jun-Sep monsoon rains at 106% of the long period average. The farm ministry is targeting 24.50 mln tn maize output in 2016-17, supported by larger kharif and rabi crops due to forecast of good monsoon
rains this year.

Acreage of the coarse grain in Karnataka, the largest grower, was at 1.22 mln ha, up 34.3% on year. In Rajasthan, the second largest growing state, the  acreage was at 961,700 ha, up 7.5% on year. In Madhya Pradesh, the acreage was at 1.26 mln ha, up 15.6% on year.

The following table details sowing of maize, in ha, the year-on-year change in percentage terms as of Thursday, and the normal area for the season based on the last five years’ average:

State Area covered Area covered Year-on-year Season normal:
2016 2015 change area-

Andhra Pradesh 78,00057,100 36.6 83,100
Arunachal Pradesh48,00030,000 60.0 39,300
Assam22,00026,000 (-) 15.4 23,400
Bihar 430,000 425,000 1.2 262,100
Chhattisgarh217,500 187,300 16.1 109,400
Gujarat 320,000 296,500 7.9 363,400
Haryana 18,00028,000 (-) 35.7 9,000
Himachal Pradesh297,000 295,000 0.7 294,000
Jammu & Kashmir 199,000 207,200 (-) 4.0 306,100
Jharkhand 275,000 274,000 0.4 234,500
Karnataka 1,218,000 907,000 34.3 1,193,000
Madhya Pradesh1,259,000 1,089,000 15.6 907,800
Maharashtra 908,800 724,100 25.5 740,800
Odisha 222,500 209,000 6.5 96,700
Punjab 145,000 165,000 (-) 12.1 128,800
Rajasthan 961,700 894,300 7.5 993,700
Tamil Nadu 22,40020,400 9.8 174,000
Telangana 563,000 395,000 42.5 461,500
Uttar Pradesh 781,000 819,000 (-) 4.6 706,000
Uttarakhand 27,00027,000 0.0 26,700
West Bengal 52,00047,000 10.6 39,200
Others 156,600 151,200 3.6 157,400

Total area 8,221,500 7,274,100 13.0 7,350,200*