India says rabi crops sowing crosses 496 Lakh hectare 

Preliminary reports received from the states show the total area sown under Rabi crops as on December 18 at 496.58 lakh hectares, a government statement said.

It said wheat has been sown/transplanted in 239.45 lakh hectares, pulses in 123.70 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 52.45 lakh hectares. Area sown under oilseeds is 69.20 lakh hectares and rice is 11.79 lakh hectares.

The area sown so far and that sown during last year this time is as follows:

Lakh hectare 

Crop Area sown in 2015-16 Area sown in 2014-15
Wheat 239.45 268.26
Pulses 123.70 122.26
Coarse Cereals 52.45 47.81
Oilseeds 69.20 73.43
Rice 11.79 13.47
Total 496.58 525.23




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