Wheat acreage up at 284.25 lakh hectares, pulses down at 140.66 lakh hectares

Wheat has been sown in 284.25 lakh hectare against 283.45 lakh hectare last year on 6 January.

The total wheat acreage till date has been 0.80 lakh hectare higher than the area sown during the corresponding period last year.

Higher coverage has been reported from Madhya Pradesh (4.32 lakh hectare), Rajasthan (3.01 lakh hectare), Jharkhand (0.58 lakh hectare), Chhattisgarh (0.16 lakh hectare) and Bihar (0.08 lakh hectare).

Rice transplanting is in progress in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Tamil Nada.  The total area under rice is cultivation has risen marginally to 6.61 lakh hectare against 6.35 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year.


Pulses have been sown in 140.66 lakh hectare, down from 142.38 lakh hectare last year. The area under gram, which is a dominant pulse crop of the rabi season, has declined to 87.22 lakh hectare as against 92.77 lakh hectare during the corresponding period last year.

The total area under oilseeds cultivation has also declined to 80.96 lakh hectare against 85.5 lakh hectare last year.

The cropped areas as on today are as follows:

 

 

lakh ha
Crop This year's area [as on 6th January]

Last year's area [as on 6th January]

Wheat 284.25 283.45

Rice

6.61

6.35

Coarse Cereals

56.35

59.69

Rapeseed & Mustard

64.83

68.21

Groundnut

5.10

4.91

Sunflower

1.90

2.32

Total Oilseeds

80.96

85.5

Total Pulses

140.66

142.38