India’s rabi crops sowing crosses 123 lakh hectare, government says


India’s agriculture ministry has said that preliminary estimates showed that by November 13, 2015 the total area sown across the country under the rabi crops was 123.28 lakh hectares.

Wheat has been sown/transplanted in 18.65 lakh hectares, pulses in 38.91 lakh hectare, coarse cereals in 34.53 lakh hectares, oilseeds in 31.02 lakh hectares and rice in 0.17 lakh hectares, it said in a statement.

The details of the area covered so far and that covered during last year this time is as follows:

Lakh hectare

Crop Area sown in 2015-16 Area sown in 2014-15
Wheat 18.65 42.88
Pulses 38.91 34.42
Coarse Cereals 34.53 27.74
Oilseeds 31.02 53.90
Rice 0.17 0.36
Total 123.28 159.30


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