Farmers prefer water-guzzlers sugarcane and paddy over climate resilient nutri-cereals, 7% dip in sown area for jowar, bajra, ragi, small millet

NEW DELHI: The Indian farmer’s love for water-guzzling plants like rice and sugarcane stays intact given better prices and marketplace access, with newest information appearing a 7% dip in sown spaces for “nutri-cereals” like jowar, bajra, ragi and small millet as in comparison to this time last year.

Though the acreage of all kharif (summer time sown) plants together in 2018 crossed last year’s mark, credit of higher sown space went to increase in the acreage of rice (2%), oilseeds (3%) and sugarcane (four%).

While farmers gave a thumbs right down to ‘nutri-cereals’, pulses, cotton and jute & mesta additionally reported dip of their acreage. But coarse cereals (maize plus nutri-cereals) reported the very best dip among them.

Asked why farmers proceed to want sugarcane which consumes lot of water, farm knowledgeable and president of Kisan Jagriti Manch, Sudhir Panwar, said, “Sugarcane is preferred over choice plants because of higher returns. The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) in its newest document noted that sugarcane reported 245% returns over paddy plus wheat and 252% over cotton plus wheat.”

On change of cropping development, Panwar, former member of the Uttar Pradesh making plans fee, said, “Moreover, farmers can not change plants in a single day because of heavy investment in specialized implements (used for cultivation and harvest).”


The govt has, on its part, taken more than one measures to promote coarse cereals. Before saying considerable hike in MSPs of those cereals in July, the Centre had in April notified Jowar, Bajra, Ragi and small millets as ‘nutri-cereals’ as a way to put it up for sale and allowed its inclusion in the public distribution machine (PDS) for making improvements to nutritional give a boost to.


Besides, India has additionally written to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, asking it to declare 2019 as ‘International Year of Millets’ as a way to create awareness among consumers and farmers due to its nutritional value and climate-resilient homes.


But farmers are still not turning to cultivation of ‘nutri-cereals’ in a large way. Officials in the agriculture ministry imagine that mere announcement of higher MSP gained’t serve the purpose until it's backed through confident procurement and different give a boost to.


Agriculture scientist B S Dwivedi of Indian Agricultural Research Institute told TOI, “It wishes a holistic package deal which includes ensuring access of top yielding varieties and higher farm practices to farmers through extension products and services.”
Farmers prefer water-guzzlers sugarcane and paddy over climate resilient nutri-cereals, 7% dip in sown area for jowar, bajra, ragi, small millet Farmers prefer water-guzzlers sugarcane and paddy over climate resilient nutri-cereals, 7% dip in sown area for jowar, bajra, ragi, small millet Reviewed by kailash soni on September 15, 2018 Rating: 5
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