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Wheat acreage five times higher this year so far

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 20:20

New Delhi: Acreage of wheat, a major rabi (winter-sown) crop, rose by five times to 4.15 lakh hectares from 0.83 lakh hectares in the year-ago period, on account of good monsoon.

Area under rabi crops has also increased by three times to 64.77 lakh hectare so far this season.

"As per preliminary reports from States on the progress of sowing of rabi crops, the sowing has been very brisk in the last one week. Nearly 65 lakh hectare area has been sown so far as compared to 21 lakh hectare at this time last year," the Ministry said in a statement.

Sowing of rabi crops start from the month of October, and bumper crop is expected this year due to good and delayed monsoon which will help in retaining soil moisture and support the sowing of rabi crops.

Pulses farmers also took up sowing in a big way taking advantage of rains. As a result, the acreage has whopping increased to 20.47 lakh hectare, whereas last year at this time pulses were not sown.

Similarly, area sown under coarse cereals has increased to 21.32 lakh hectare, from 9.47 lakh hectares a year ago.

Acreage of oilseeds also increased to 18.02 lakh hectares from 10.34 lakh hectares during the same period last year.

Sowing of sugarcane also marginally increased to 0.81 lakh hectares, from last year's level of 0.45 lakh hectare.

First Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 20:11
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