4th National Conference on Agriculture for Summer Campaign 2021-22

Union Agriculture Minister addressed the 4th National Conference on Agriculture for Summer Campaign 2021-22.

Union Agriculture Minister said that summer crops not only provide extra income but also create employment opportunities in between Rabi and Kharif for the farmers thereby increasing crop intensity.

The Government has taken new initiatives through various programmes for cultivation of summer crops such as pulses, coarse cereals, nutri-cereals, and oilseeds.

He highlighted that area under cultivation of zaid crops including rice has increased progressively 2.7 times from 29.71 lakh hectares in 2017-18 to 80.46 lakh hectares in 2020-21.

The objective of Zaid conference is to review and assess the crop performance during the preceding crop seasons and fix crop-wise targets for summer season in consultation with State Governments.

Zaid crops

Zaid crops are summer season crops. They grow for a short time period between kharif and rabi crops, mainly from March to June.

They require warm dry weather as major growth period and longer day length for flowering.

Some of the crops produced during zaid season are watermelon, muskmelon, cucumber, vegetables and fodder crops.