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Scanty monsoon likely to drag groundnut output in Gujarat

PTI New Delhi | Updated on October 29, 2012 Published on October 29, 2012

Due to failure of monsoon, the crop as well as the quality is seriously affected.

The delayed and deficient monsoon rains in Gujarat has hit its groundnut production, which is expected to decline by 61 per cent to 6.95 lakh tonnes this year, a survey by industry body, SEA said today.

Gujarat, which is a major groundnut growing state of the country, had produced 17.75 lakh tonnes of the important cash crop in 2011, the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA) said in a statement.

“The overall crop is reduced to nearly one-third at 6.95 lakh tonnes compared to 17.75 lakh tonnes in 2011-12,” the SEA said.

The Gujarat government has reported that 12.24 lakh hectares is under groundnut crop sown during kharif season. However, the harvested area was down by nearly 25 per cent at 9.16 lakh hectares, due to rain deficit, wrong reporting and also uprooting area after sowing, it added.

“Due to failure of monsoon and most of the districts received very less rain, the crop as well as the quality is seriously affected,” the SEA said.

The average yield per hectare has reduced to 760 kg per hectare in 2012 against 1,238 kg per hectare last year, it added.

Published on October 29, 2012
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