Gujarat to harvest a record groundnut crop this year

Gujarat, the main producer of groundnut, produced 38.55 lakh tonnes of groundnuts this year, up 8.74 percent from the previous year, according to industry body Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India. Last year, Gujarat had harvested 35.45 lakh tonnes of groundnuts.

The increase in output is mostly because of normal to high rainfall in August and September, as well as the absence of major crop damage, according to a statement from SEA.

However, in the first sowing cycle, which is typically in the second week of June, there was a rain shortage in July that lasted until mid-August, damaging the standing crop. Nonetheless, better rainfall in the second part of August, along with heavy rainfall in September and early October, shifted the picture to near-normal, according to SEA’s statement.

Despite the area under cultivation decreasing during the Kharif season this year, groundnut production in Gujarat is expected to be a tad higher, according to the State government and the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA).

The main factor for the determination of the yield has been pegged on the basis of the number of pods set in the measured area which were counted after picking up from the field, in addition to farmers’ opinion.

The acreage planted to Kharif groundnut in Gujarat has decreased by 1.55 lakh hectares. As a result of the shift in acreage from groundnut to soybean and other crops, the area seeded has reduced to 19.10 lakh hectares from 20.65 lakh hectares last year.

However, yields have increased to 2020 kilograms per hectare, up from 1715 kilograms per hectare the previous year, thanks to adequate rain and no severe damage, as per SEA.

The Gujarat government has decided to buy groundnut in a shell at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs5,550 per 100 kg and a maximum quantity 2,500 kg per farmer.

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