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Kharif Sowing Picks up in Gujarat as Monsoon Rains Boost Agriculture

The onset of the monsoon season has brought much-needed respite to Gujarat, replenishing water sources and invigorating the Kharif sowing season.

Shivam Dwivedi
Kharif Sowing Picks up in Gujarat as Monsoon Rains Boost Agriculture (Photo Source: Pexels)
Kharif Sowing Picks up in Gujarat as Monsoon Rains Boost Agriculture (Photo Source: Pexels)

As the monsoon showers continue to drench the state of Gujarat, farmers are rejoicing over the robust progress of the Kharif sowing season. The southwest monsoon has brought an abundance of rainfall to certain regions, with some areas receiving more than 80% of their average annual precipitation, providing a significant boost to agricultural activities.

According to the latest data from the state's agriculture department, as of July 3, sowing has been completed on approximately 47% of the total arable land in Gujarat. This translates to a staggering 40.46 lakh hectares dedicated to various crops across the state. Among the major crops sown during this season, cotton and groundnut take the lead, occupying 22.25 lakh hectares and 13.28 lakh hectares, respectively.

Remarkably, data from the state disaster management authority reveals that Gujarat has already received 32% of its average annual rainfall by July 4. Notably, the typically dry Kutch region experienced an extraordinary downpour, receiving more than 88% of its yearly average rainfall. The heavy rains in the past week have substantially increased the water levels in several reservoirs across the state, bringing much-needed relief to water-scarce areas.

The water resources department reported that the state's 207 water reservoirs, including the prominent Sardar Sarovar Dam (Narmada Dam), are currently filled to 45% of their total capacity. This indicates a significant improvement in the water storage situation, easing concerns about water availability for agricultural and domestic purposes.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a rainfall warning for the next four days, forecasting 'light to moderate rain' in several districts, including South Gujarat, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, and all districts in the Saurashtra region. Farmers in these regions are optimistic about the forecasted rainfall as it would further nourish their crops and enhance agricultural productivity.

With the monsoon's timely arrival and the replenishment of water reservoirs, Gujarat's farming community is looking forward to a bountiful sowing season. The adequate water supply will not only boost crop yields but also contribute to overall economic growth in the state.

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