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Price-sensitive farmers replacing pulses with cotton

Early onset of the monsoon and its progress has led to an increase in the area sown till Friday of this kharif season, year-on-year. Alongside, the depressed price of pulses have led more farmers to replace it with cotton in some parts. Farmers have brought almost 10 per cent more area under cultivation over the corresponding period of the previous kharif season, despite the current unrest in the community.The southwest monsoon advanced further into the central portion of Maharashtra, Vidarbha, more parts of Chhattisgarh, most of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar this week, according to India Meteorological Department. Showers remain deficient in the central part of India, including in Madhya Pradesh.The area sown with pulses had declined 35 per cent by Friday of this kharif season over the corresponding period last year. Pulses and related products saw a price fall of 19.5 per cent in May, in terms of the consumer price index. A higher minimum support price (MSP) announced by .