Lack of soil moisture hits rabi production in India's Odisha district

The New India Express reports that the production of rabi crops is likely to be affected in the Odisha district as insufficient monsoon rainfall has failed to leave enough moisture in the soil. The district received 883.96 mm rainfall against the normal 1199.8 mm; some 26.32 percent less.

The Agriculture department is considering growing different crops there, including cereal, pulses, oil seeds and sugarcane over 1,22,720 hectares (ha) of land with a production target of 8,42,011 tonnes in the district during the rabi season of 2017-2018. The production was 8,67,067 tonnes during the last rabi season.

Condiments including chili, garlic and coriander will be cultivated over 4,800 ha with a production target of 36,142 tonnes. The cultivation of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and other vegetables will take place on 29,490 ha with a production target of 4,05,695 tonnes this season.

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