Rabi sowing at a record 685 lakh hectares

Rabi sowing scaled new heights with farmers planting winter crops of about virtually 685 lakh hectares (lha), that is about 3 for each cent far more than 666 lha lined in the exact week last 12 months, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

All-time highs

The location under important rabi crops this sort of as wheat, gram and mustard are at all-time highs this 12 months. Even though wheat is sown about 346 lha in contrast with 336 lha planted in the exact week last 12 months, gram location stood at 112 lha, which is four.37 for each cent far more than that in the corresponding interval in 2019-20. Mustard acreage, on the other hand, expanded to 74 lha, which is 7 for each cent far more than sixty nine lha planted in the past rabi year.

The total pulses location was far more than 167 lha in contrast to virtually 163 lha in the 2019-20 year. Wintertime rice cultivation during the week way too registered all over seventeen for each cent 12 months-on-12 months to a minimal about 35 lha.


Coarse cereals acreage

The only established of crops that shrunk in location was coarse cereals. As from fifty six lha planted in the exact interval in the last rabi year, the location lined till this week was near to fifty two lha. All important rabi coarse cereal crops this sort of as barley, jowar and maize registered a dip in location. At all over 27 lha, the location under jowar crop was ten for each cent decreased than exact week last 12 months.

H2o reservoir posture and the soil moisture in just about all States are quite superior. So, the prospect for rabi crops is quite superior, the Ministry stated in a statement.