Wheat plantation is likely to increase this year in India despite ample rain in the central states as higher Minimum Support Price (MSP) and bonus incentives offered by some states are alluring farmers to switch from Pulses to Wheat.
Wheat acreage is likely to go up to compensate the scanty rains which is affecting crops in the northern region, mainly in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh including Chhattisgarh and Bihar.
This year, farmers are likely to reduce sowing of Pulses and move to the cereal for higher remuneration this season.
The cropping area in India’s largest producer of Wheat Uttar Pradesh is also expected to go up, Sowing is expected to see an extended session in the state due to the late maturity of paddy.
In Punjab and Haryana, which contribute 45 per cent of Wheat towards national food safety, sowing has been completed in over 95 per cent of the 60 lakh hectares area. Wheat acreage is expected to remain the same in Punjab and Haryana, where it is the predominant Rabi crop. Wheat sowing may extend till December 15.