This Rabi, farmers opt maize over chili and pulses

11/15/2017

Area under maize cultivation up from approx. 2.5 lakh acres last season to 3 lakh acres

Hyderabad, Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Recent rains across Telangana and adjoining areas of neighbouring states have revived hopes for the Rabi season among farmers. With all irrigation projects brimming with water, the maize farmers are looking forward to good Rabi cultivation.

The copious rains last month were 31.83 per cent in excess over normal rainfall. During last Rabi, the price of other crops like chili and pulses did not give anticipated return, hence, this Rabi season, majority of farmers are planning to cultivate maize. In few patches, in early Rabi sowing, farmers have already sowed the maize. According to them, maize gives them assured yield and better price return and hence it is more viable option than other crops. On an average, compared to last year, the maize crop acreage has increased by 20 percent. Area under maize cultivation is up from 2.5 lakh acres last year to 3 lakh acres this year.

Narendrakumar S, Regional Sales Manager, Monsanto said, "In anticipation of good returns, farmers in Telangana are opting maize over other crops like chili and pulses. Due to continuous rain, the cotton crop output is looking unpromising. Besides; during last Rabi, pulses and chili had not given anticipated return, hence farmers are disfavouring it." He added, "During last Rabi, the price of maize ranged between Rs. 1300 to 1400 per quintal. In ongoing Rabi too, we are expecting that price will stay in similar range." Currently, he has positive outlook on maize. According to him, if the existing good weather condition continues, then during harvest, the returns will be promising.

In southern India, Rabi season starts in the first week of October and continues till December last week. During October to December, farmers sow the seeds, whereas during January to April they harvest the crops. Usually in Telangana, during Rabi, besides maize, farmers opt paddy, soyabean and pulses.

N Bhuma Reddy, the farmer from Karimnagar district, Telangana said, "In our district, the season is progressing really well. The weather is promising; hence, we are seeing a potential for above average crop." He also said that because of hybrid maize cultivation, per acre yield had fetched better returns through the past few years. He informed that per acre, if a farmer invests Rs. 10,000 to 15,000 in his own land, then he earns the profit in the range of Rs. 25,000 to 30,000. Due to features like high yield, disease tolerance and standability, majority of farmers opt for Monsanto’s Dekalb 9120 and 9081 in the major maize producing districts like Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Khammam and Medak.

Overall, in India, Maize outlook for 2017-18 is positive. According to commodities market experts, given the market fundamentals, domestic maize prices are most unlikely to be disturbed from their current levels in the coming months.

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