India says rabi crops sowing crosses 577 lakh hectare


The total area sown under Rabi crops stood at 577.30 lakh hectare as on January 15, according to preliminary reports received from the states, a government statement said.

It said wheat has been sown/transplanted in 288.98 lakh hectares, pulses in 136.39 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 58.18 lakh hectares. Area sown under oilseeds is 74.91 lakh hectares and Rice is 18.84 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 288.98 303.51
Pulses 136.39 139.94
Coarse Cereals 58.18 54.58
Oilseeds 74.91 77.79
Rice 18.84 19.96
Total 577.30 595.78


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