Wheat sow­ing picks up; acreage up 20% so far

The Hitavada - - BUSINESS -

WHEAT sow­ing has started pick­ing up as the acreage un­der the crop rose by 20 per cent to 15.19 lakh hectares so far in the on­go­ing rabi (win­ter) sea­son, but pulses and oilseeds area was lag­ging be­hind the cor­re­spond­ing year­ago pe­riod, the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry said on Fri­day.

Sow­ing of rabi crops be­gins from Oc­to­ber and har­vest­ing from March. Wheat is the main rabi crop. Wheat was sown in 12.65 lakh hectares in the year­ago. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s lat­est data, max­i­mum in­crease in wheat sow­ing was re­ported from Mad­hya Pradesh, where farm­ers have planted the crop in 6 lakh hectares so far this sea­son, much higher than 2.17 lakh hectares in the year-ago pe­riod.

Wheat acreage in Pun­jab re­mained at 4.68 lakh hectares and Ut­tar Pradesh at 1.73 lakh hectares so far this sea­son.

How­ever, pulses sow­ing has not picked up as the area un­der the crop re­mained lower at 28.22 per cent at 39.05 lakh hectares so far this sea­son as against 54.34 lakh hectares in the same pe­riod last sea­son. Pulses acreage re­mained lower in all ma­jor pro­duc­ing states. In Kar­nataka, the acreage un­der pulses re­mained lower sharply at 5.52 lakh hectares as against 11.28 lakh hectares, while that of in Mad­hya Pradesh at 12.26 lakh hectares as against 17.62 lakh hectares in the said pe­riod. Pulses area re­mained lower even in Ut­tar Pradesh at 5.31 lakh hectares so far this sea­son as against 7.47 lakh hectares in the year-ago pe­riod, while that of in Ra­jasthan stood at 5.29 lakh hectares com­pared to 6.65 lakh hectares in the said pe­riod, the data showed.

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