Talking to TOI, minister for agriculture Gaurishankar Bisen said the dams in Madhya Pradesh were not adequately filled even after monsoon this year. “Irrigated land yields more than that which is not irrigated,” Bisen said.
Last year, wheat was sown on about 64 Lakh Hectares in Madhya Pradesh. This may go down to about 52 lakh hectares this year, Bisen said. Wheat may be replaced by gram, he added.
The minister said that about 90 per cent of sowing has been done in the state. “The farmers have almost finished sowing. Now, it all depends on the availability of water in the coming months. I have no hesitation in admitting that there is water scarcity because of monsoon deficit,” he said adding that the government was monitoring the situation and will ensure the optimum use of available water.
Rabi crops this year are likely to be affected the most in northern MP’s Gwalior and Chambal divisions and the districts under the Rewa division owing to scanty rainfall in these regions.
“The government is promoting cultivation of wheat variety and pulses which require less water. Gram is being sown largely this time.” Many farmers may sow chana instead of wheat this year, he added.
In the Rabi season 2016, sowing was done on 118 lakh hectares in the state and by the time it finishes this year, it may touch about 105 lakh hectares, sources said.
Many farmers in Gwalior and Rewa divisions have not gone ahead with sowing where wheat and mustard are the main crops.
With 18 per cent of total wheat production of India, the state last year, had already moved ahead of Punjab and Haryana- leading the production of wheat. Gradually, the government wanted to take it up to 25 per cent in the coming years, government sources claimed.
Source : timesofindia