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India's 2021-22 Sowing Area of Kharif Crops Down 0.83% YoY So Far: Govt

17 Sep 2021 6:53 pm
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NEW DELHI, Sept 11 (Commoditiescontrol) - Area sown to summer (kharif) crops was lagging behind by 0.83 percent at 1,105.19 lakh hectare so far in the ongoing kharif season of the crop year 2021-22 (July-June), according to data released by the agriculture ministry on Friday.

Farmers had planted summer (kharif) crops in 1,114.50 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Sowing of kharif crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June.

As per the latest data, area sown to paddy (the main kharif crop) remained marginally higher at 414.18 lakh hectare till September 17 of this kharif season as against 413.34 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

In the same period, area sown to coarse cereals, oilseeds and cotton however remained lower, while that of pulses, sugarcane and jute/mesta rose marginally.

Area sown to oilseeds remained lower at 193.95 lakh hectare as against 196.45 lakh hectare, while that of coarse cereals acreage was down at 174.70 lakh hectare as against 178.83 lakh hectare in the said period.

However, area sown to pulses was higher at 140.72 lakh hectare so far this kharif season, from 137.89 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

In cash crops, area sown to cotton was down at 119.66 lakh hectare so far this kharif season, against 126.97 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

But, acreage under sugarcane was slightly higher at 54.97 lakh hectare as against 54.08 lakh hectare.

Sowing of kharif crops in some places continues till September and harvesting begins from October onwards.

(By Commoditiescontrol Bureau)

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