Amid Covid gloom, farm sector blooms for the most part

The Covid-19 lockdown and source chain disruptions about the previous number of months have hit several industries. But the farm sector appears to have escaped these with the minimal affect.

Though horticulture and dairy farmers did confront the brunt of the lockdown, for the farm sector as a complete, it has not been poor at all. Sample these quantities:

Procurement below the minimal assist rate (MSP) programme in wheat through the rabi marketing season (2020-21) was about tonnes by end-April compared to 19.6 million tonnes (mt) in the identical time past year. Having said that, in the subsequent two months, procurement elevated considerably: by June twelve, whole procurement by FCI and Point out companies in wheat touched mt (up eleven for every cent YoY from 33.9 mt). And, specified the MSP was at ₹1,925/quintal this year compared to ₹1,840/quintal past year, it was a large aid for farmers.

In pulses much too, procurement has been better than past year benefitting about lakh farmers. Since March NAFED has procured about seventeen lakh tonnes of gram via two,395 centres (at MSP of ₹4,875/quintal vs. market rate of about₹4,two hundred/quintal). Give that there is just one far more thirty day period left for rabi arrivals to end, whole procurement in gram may well be considerably better in rabi past year, whole procurement in gram was seven.71 lakh tonnes.

Equally, procurement in mustard seed has also been better. So much, NAFED has procured about seven.53 lakh tonnes of mustard seed from about two.96 lakh farmers.

Higher MSP procurement and PM-KISAN disbursements that have achieved to about 9.five crore farmers have really boosted farm sentiment.

Higher liquidity

Farmers are shelling out far more on agri inputs. Fertiliser sales in April and May had been up virtually 75 for every cent about past year. Gross sales of major fertilisers such as urea, DAP (diammonium phosphate), MOP (muriate of potash), NPK and others in the two months had been at sixty.three lakh tonne, up from 34.6 lakh recorded past year. Gross sales of DAP and NP/NPK fertilisers far more than doubled YoY. Though this may well be since of well timed onset of monsoon and farmers expanding the place below cultivation, it also indicates liquidity in their arms.


The development of better fertiliser usage has been noticed given that November — so, just one simply cannot dismiss it off as a consequence of an improve in stocking by fertiliser sellers in anticipation of closure of generation units owing to the lockdown.

Over the previous two months, the need for seeds and pesticides has also been potent. Ram Kaundinya, Director Standard, Federation of Seed Business of India, stated: “Seed offtake given that April has been pretty potent. Cotton, rice and millets have been picked up by farmers far more than past year, showing all-around 10 for every cent expansion. In rice, much too, we have viewed a fantastic uptake of immediate sown rice, which wants much less labour given that there is no transplantation. Farmers have been a bit reluctant to plant perishable crops like greens for worry of not getting able to transportation and provide them owing to lockdowns and also since of lack of availability of labour.”

Tractor sales also had been also fantastic in May, recovering from April’s lows. Tractor makers are pointing to an expanding desire amid farmers to mechanisation. Mahindra & Mahindra, which retains an about forty for every cent share of the domestic tractors market, offered about 24,017 units past thirty day period, versus 23,539 units in May 2019. Escorts (twelve for every cent share in tractor market) offered 6,454 units in May whilst Sonalika Team offered 9,177 units (up eighteen.6 for every cent YoY).

Kharif sowing progressing very well

The recent kharif season, much too, is expected to be potent, with a bumper output. As on June twelve, the place below all kharif crops was up thirteen for every cent YoY at ninety two.56 lakh hectare (eighty one.74 lakh hectare), for every formal facts. Region coated below cotton was eighteen.9 lakh hectare (fifteen.32 lakh hectare).

The monsoon so much has been surplus, stories the India Meteorological Section. Reservoirs also have sufficient quantities of drinking water. For every facts, as on June eleven, the storage accessible in 123 reservoirs in the nation that are tracked by the Central Water Fee was fifty four.636 BCM, versus 31.372 BCM past year.

It is expected that the recent season, much too, will be fantastic for agri enter companies. Farmers may well also see an cash flow improve if procurement is substantial in cereals and cotton like past year.

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