India kharif area at 85.5 mln ha, down 1.7% on year.

According to the data, paddy, a major kharif crop, was sown across 26.3 mln ha, down from 27.4 mln ha a year ago. Subdued rains and delay in arrival of the monsoon in some states have hit sowing in a few regions this year. In the ongoing southwest monsoon season so far, the country has received 442.3 mm of rainfall, against the normal weighted average of 481.3 mm for the period.

Punjab to give Rs.395 Cr to farmers for subsidized paddy residue Management.

As part of the Chief Minister’s ambitious campaign to control stubble burning, the Punjab Agriculture department has embarked upon a massive programme to provide subsidy worth Rs.395 crore, in the current fiscal, for the purchase of 28,641 agro-machines/farm equipment to farmers for the management of paddy residue. Subsidy ranging from 50% to 80% is being provided to the farmers under the scheme. This is part of the Rs. 665 crore subsidy announced by the Captain Amarinder Singh government for 2018-19 and 2019-20. The remaining amount of Rs. 270 crore would be utilized during the next financial year. While around 12,000 machines are being subsidized at 50% for individual farmers, another 5280 agro-machines are being provided to 514 farmer groups and 16655 agro-machines to 3547 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) at a subsidy of 80% to establish Farm Machinery Banks (FMBs) to be used as Custom Hiring Centres.

Rain deficit in 16 districts of Punjab, Haryana.

According to India Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, the overall rain indicated good monsoon in both the states, but district-wise rainfall details revealed that in Punjab, seven out of 22 districts have received deficit rain. Sixteen of a total of 43 districts in Punjab and Haryana have received deficit rainfall, despite having overall normal rainfall in July. Ferozepur and Mansa in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana are among the worst hit districts in this paddy season. Ferozepur and Mansa have sown rice on 3.12 lakh hectares, including 1.86 lakh hectares in Ferozepur. In Haryana, rice crop is grown in 12-13 lakh hectares. Here, nine districts received less rainfall with Panchkula being the worst hit with 53 per cent deficit at 203.2 mm rain against a normal of 432.6 mm till July 31.

July monsoon less than normal but late surge in UP, Bihar may improve paddy sowing.

The monsoon fell below expectations in July, which ended with a countrywide rain shortfall of 6%, but late showers in the paddy belts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have improved the overall rainfall distribution. With the monsoon becoming inactive in central and south India, the all-India rainfall deficit grew in the past six days (July 25) from 2% to 6%. However, during the same period, the rain shortfall reduced sharply from 42% to 19% in UP, 46% to 23% in Bihar and 35% to 24% in Jharkhand. Large rain deficits in these states, and West Bengal, have been the main reason for sluggish kharif sowing this year.According to the latest figures released last Friday, paddy sowing was nearly 12% less than the normal for the corresponding period. This was mainly on account of depressed sowing in these four states, where the area under paddy was nearly 27 lakh hectares below the normal for the same period.

Kharif paddy area down 12% YoY at 19.8 mln ha.

Farmers across the country have sown paddy across 19.76 mln ha this kharif season as of Thursday, down 12.4% on year. The area under paddy was also below the average area of 22.40 mln ha for the period. The fall in acreage can be attributed to lower sowing in top growing states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand. Weak monsoon rains in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh slowed the process of sowing. Eastern Uttar Pradesh had received 298.1 mm rainfall during Jun 1-Jul 30, 25% below normal. Overall monsoon rains in eastern and northeastern India during Jun 1-Jul 30 was 555.4 mm, 28% below normal.

More farmers switching to paddy in Telangana.

With the decision of the State government to provide irrigation facility to the ayacut of Musi project for kharif season, farmers of 42 villages in Suryapet and Nalgonda district under left and right canals are now switching from cotton to paddy cultivation. Out of 35,000 acres of ayacut under left and right flank canals of Musi project, cultivation of paddy was taken up by the farmers in majority of ayacut area in view of irrigation facility.

Telangana Kharif paddy procurement expected to be 30 lk tons.

The Telangana government 30 lakh tons of paddy was expected to be procured from farmers during this years Kharif season in the state and asked its civil supplies department to prepare an action plan for it. A total of 107.92 lakh tons of paddy was purchased from 22.18 lakh farmers during 2016 Kharif, 2017 Rabi and Kharif and 2018 Rabi seasons.

Pakistan’s basmati rice exports increased by 19.14 percent.

During the period under discussion, Pakistan has improved its rice exports as compared to previous corresponding period. The exports during the period July-June 2016-17 stood at 496,263 metric tons valuing at $453.441 million. Pakistan’s basmati rice have seen a considerable 19.14 percent growth in quantity exported as compared to the previous period. Collectively, 4.106 million tons rice worth $2.073 billion was exported in the last 12 months if the last financial year, however, 3.523 million tons of rice valuing $1.606 billion was recorded during the corresponding previous financial year. The overall growth of rice exports stood at 26.78 percent.

Punjab fails to cut down area under rice cultivation.

Despite setting a target to bring down by over one lakh hectares (lh) area under rice cultivation this year, Punjab has failed and acreage under the crop has already reached up to 29.57 lh and is likely touch 30 lh again. Last year, 30.07 lh area was cultivated under rice and this year department had proposed to bring it between 28-29 lh by diverting its area to cotton and monsoon maize crops. But lack of canal water during cotton sowing, increased MSP of assured paddy and poor rate of recently harvested ‘spring maize’ are the contributing factors to increase in area under rice. Till July 23, 2018, the area under rice (the cultivation of which was started on June 20), had reached to 29.57 lh out of which over 23 lh was dedicated under paddy rice (parmal rice) and remaining under basmati rice.

China clears 14 Indian rice companies for export amid trade war with US.

China has agreed to import rice from 14 of the 19 registered rice exporters from India, while the remaining five— mostly of basmati rice sellers — have been asked to improve storage and isolation facilities before applying afresh. China allows import of only basmati rice from India, but with this clearance, even non-basmati rice can be exported.