High demand boosts cumin sowing in Rajasthan

High demand boosts cumin sowing in Rajasthan

Cumin cultivation has seen a significant rise this year...

 
Cumin

Farmers in Rajasthan are opting for a shift in their cultivation patterns this year. Instead of the usual Rabi crops like wheat and pulses, they are dedicating their fertile land to the cultivation of cumin seeds. The decision is driven by an increase in both domestic and foreign demand for cumin.  As per the latest data from the agriculture department, cumin cultivation has seen a significant rise this year. By the end of November, farmers had sown cumin in over 4 lakh hectares, showcasing a substantial increase in comparison to previous years. This shift reflects the adaptability of farmers to market trends and demands.

Rajasthan stands out as a significant contributor to cumin production, with the crop primarily grown during the Rabi season. The state experienced a notable surge in cumin sowing in 2021. Cumin dealers are optimistic about the current year, expecting the sowing levels to rebound to those observed in 2021. This comes after a decline in cumin cultivation over the past two years.

As per the data from the agriculture department, cumin cultivation covered more than 4 lakh hectares by the end of November. Agriculture department officials noted that during the 2022-2023 period, cumin was sown across an even larger expanse, surpassing 5,50,000 hectares.

In the last two to three years, farmers have noticed a marked decrease in cumin cultivation, linking it to a mix of issues like unfair pricing, unfavourable weather, and the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The western region of the state, including places like Jalore, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Barmer, contributes significantly to cumin production. Additionally, cumin is also planted in the Nokha neighbourhood of Bikaner.

Source: Times Of India



 

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