Wheat sowing in India touches 27.8 million hectares

Area sown to wheat, the main rabi crop, touched 27.8 million hectare (ha) so far in this season, about 90 per cent of the normal sowing area under this crop, according to latest agriculture ministry data.

The area sown to wheat crop is higher than 25 million hectare covered in the year-ago period.

Currently, farmers are planting rabi crops, sowing of which normally begins from October and harvesting from April onwards. According to the ministry’s data, more area coverage under wheat crop has been reported from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The current low temperature in the growing regions is expected to boost the prospects of wheat crop, said the ministry official.

Besides wheat, rice has also been covered in more area at 1 23 million hectare so far in the ongoing rabi season of the 2019-20 crop year (July-June) from 1 million hectare in the year-ago period.

Sowing of pulses remained flat at 13 .1 million hectare so far. Coverage of coarse cereals has been slightly higher at 4.3 million hectare as against 4 million hectare, while that of area under oilseeds remained lower at 7.1 million hectare as against 7.3 million hectare in the said period. Total area sown to all rabi crops reached 537.21 lakh hectare so far in this rabi season, higher than 504.69 lakh hectare a year ago, the data showed. It may be noted that rabi crops have been sown in more than 90 per cent of its normal sowing area of 634 lakh hectare.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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