The total area sown during the current rabi season has gone up to 16.325 million hectares, nearly 19 per cent more than the 13.772 million hectares covered during the corresponding period last year, according to the sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry. Pulses and Rice accounted for much of this increase.
The area under pulses stood at 6.379 million hectares, which is 40% more than the previous rabi season’s 4.548 million hectares. Most of this increase has been in Madhya Pradesh which has planted pulses on an additional 2 million hectares. Among pulses, gram, whose area under cultivation, went up to 4.72 million hectares from 3.293 million hectares last year, accounted for the maximum acreage.
There is a nearly 6.5 per cent increase in the area under wheat cultivation too. Wheat is being grown on 2.739 million hectares compared to 2.572 million hectares last year.
There is, however, a dip in the area under oilseeds. Against 4.214 million hectares in the previous season, the area so far covered is 4.094 million hectares, the Ministry said.
The predominant rabi oilseed crops - mustard & rapeseed - have been planted on over 3.7.05 million hectares compared to 3.841 million hectares last season.
Coarse cereals registered a 22% increase in area under cultivation with the total area covered so far going up to 2.341 million hectares as compared to 1.917 million hectares during the previous rabi season. Jowar accounted for much of this increase.
The area under winter Rice cultivation recorded 48 per cent increase to 0.773 million hectares whereas the acreage during the corresponding period last year was 0.522 million hectares.