India’s Rabi crops sowing crosses 541 lakh hectare

The total area sown under Rabi crops as on January 1 stood at 541.12 lakh hectares according to preliminary reports, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

The statement said wheat has been sown/transplanted in 271.46 lakh hectares, pulses in 128.24 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 55.19 lakh hectares. Area sown under oilseeds is 71.47 lakh hectares and Rice is 14.77 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 271.46 293.16
Pulses 128.24 131.33
Coarse Cereals 55.19 50.97
Oilseeds 71.47 76.11
Rice 14.77 16.05
Total 541.12 567.63




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