Rabi sowing at a record 685 lakh hectares

Joseph B. Hash

Rabi sowing scaled new heights with farmers planting wintertime crops of around approximately 685 lakh hectares (lha), that is about three for each cent extra than 666 lha protected in the very same 7 days previous calendar year, in accordance to knowledge introduced by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

All-time highs

The area beneath significant rabi crops this sort of as wheat, gram and mustard are at all-time highs this calendar year. Though wheat is sown around 346 lha in comparison with 336 lha planted in the very same 7 days previous calendar year, gram area stood at 112 lha, which is four.37 for each cent extra than that in the corresponding interval in 2019-twenty. Mustard acreage, on the other hand, expanded to seventy four lha, which is seven for each cent extra than 69 lha planted in the previous rabi season.

The complete pulses area was extra than 167 lha in comparison to approximately 163 lha in the 2019-twenty season. Winter season rice cultivation in the course of the 7 days far too registered all around 17 for each cent calendar year-on-calendar year to a little around 35 lha.


Coarse cereals acreage

The only established of crops that shrunk in area was coarse cereals. As versus fifty six lha planted in the very same interval in the previous rabi season, the area protected till this 7 days was shut to fifty two lha. All significant rabi coarse cereal crops this sort of as barley, jowar and maize registered a dip in area. At all around 27 lha, the area beneath jowar crop was 10 for each cent decreased than very same 7 days previous calendar year.

Water reservoir situation and the soil moisture in virtually all States are incredibly superior. So, the prospect for rabi crops is incredibly superior, the Ministry stated in a assertion.

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