Higher sowing in M.P. lifts wheat coverage
A spectacular increase in wheat sowing in Madhya Pradesh has boosted wheat coverage even as other crops registered a below par performance compared to the corresponding week last year, according to the rabi crop sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.
The area under wheat cultivation in Madhya Pradesh stood at 41.08 lakh hectares (lh), about 24 per cent more than the 33.23 lh planted in the same week last year, taking the overall wheat area for the country to 194.49 lh , which is nearly 2 per cent more than last year.
The cumulative area for all crops, on the other hand, is 6 per cent lower than last year at 414.29 lh, the data showed.
Barring wheat, all other crop categories have reported lower acreage compared to the same period last year. Oilseeds, which reported better acreage till last week, have for the first time slipped below the levels ofl the previous rabi season. As against 67.34 lh covered in the corresponding period in 2017-18, the area under oilseeds till this week was 65.45 lh.
The shrinkage in pulses area continued to be more than 10 per cent so far this year.
The area under pulses till this week was 113.69 lh (126.78 lh). Gram, the main rabi pulse crop, was down 13 per cent at 77.27 lh (88.94 lh).
In coarse cereals there was a 26 per cent drop in the area with the acreage slumping to 33 lh this week (44.62 lh).
There is a significant 36 per cent shortfall in the rice sown area, too, mainly because of the dismal performance reported from Tamil Nadu. As compared to 11.92 lh in the corresponding period last year, rice has been sown only on 7.58 lh so far.