Agri Business

Wheat acreage up at 28.13 mn hectare

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Lady farm workers engaged in their works at a wheat cultivating field near Ajmer, Jaipur in Rajasthan. Photo : K K Mustafah. (file photo)   -  Business Line

The area under wheat has increased to 29.13 million hectare till Friday in the current rabi season, compared to 28.24 million hectare in the same period last year.

According to the data released by the Agriculture Ministry, the total area under food crops was up at 51.92 million hectare so far in the current rabi season, as against 50.59 million hectare in the same period last year.

The government has kept a target of 82 million tonnes of wheat production this year. Last year, wheat production was at 80.17 million tonnes. Wheat, a major rabi crop, is grown in the winter season.

Recently, Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar, had said that wheat crop growth was extremely good and expects better production than last year. He had also said that there was no concern of pulses and oilseeds crops.

According to the government data, farmers have sown pulses in 14.88 million ha as on today, a jump of over 1.11 million ha compared to 13.77 million ha in the same period last year.

Similarly, area sown to oilseeds crops rose to 9.4 million ha against 9.08 million ha in the review period.

However, area under other food crops rice, jowar and maize were lagging behind from the year—ago period.

For instance, rice acreage was lower at 1.94 million ha as on today, against 2.18 million hectare in the same period last year.

Similary, another food crop jowar was planted in only 4.11 million hectare against 4.5 million hectare, while that of maize was sown in 1.09 million hectare against 1.10 million hectare in the review period, the data showed.

Published on January 28, 2011

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