The Area for paddy growth has declined by 38% to 21.91 laks hectre which was actually 35.44 lakh hectares last year.This Decline in area is most seen in Punjab and Chattisgarh.
Sowing of kharif crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon in June, while the harvesting starts from October.
If we talk about Chattisgarh the area under paddy production has come down to 0.41 lakh hectares from 5.30 lakh hectares last season whereas in Punjab it is 9.15 lakh hectares as compared to 14.30 lakh hectares last season.
Besides Mizoram where there was marginal increase in the area under paddy, all other Indian states have reported decrease in the paddy area this season.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the country has received 43.4 mm of rainfall as compared to normal rain of 78.8 mm from June 1 to June 17.However, the condition is expected to improve in July and August.
Amongst chances of subnormal monsoon this year, as projected by the IMD, the ministry has advised state governments to be ready with contingency plans to minimise impact of erratic rains.
The Government is also working on certain relief measures such as providing subsidy to buy seeds for resowing and on diesel for irrigation to protect the standing crops.