India’s Rabi crops sowing crosses 589.95 lakh hectare

Preliminary reports received from the states show that the total area sown under rabi crops stood at 589.95 lakh hectare as on January 22, a government statement said.

Wheat had been sown/transplanted in 291.97 lakh hectares, pulses in 139.08 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 59.30 lakh hectares, it said, adding that the area sown under oilseeds was 77.32 lakh hectares and rice 22.28 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 291.97 305.60
Pulses 139.08 143.01
Coarse Cereals 59.30 56.56
Oilseeds 77.32 78.73
Rice 22.28 23.99
Total 589.95 607.90


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