According to data released by the Agriculture Ministry, the total sown area of kharif crops stood at 926 lakh hectares (lh) as on 16th August 2019 compared to 966 lh covered in the corresponding week last year, recording a slide of 4.14% on year. The area under major crop rice was 301 lh, down around 11% on last year. The area under pulses stands at 121 lh, down 3.5% on year. However the Tur area is up marginally by 0.08% at 42.17 lh.
Acreage under coarse cereals is down 0.30% at 159.46 lh. Maize area is up 0.78% at 73.61 lh. Oilseeds area is down 0.75% at 163.62 lh. Soybean area is up 0.46% at 111.47 lh. Sugarcane acreage stands at 52.30 lh, down 5.68% while Cotton area is up 5.57% at 121.58 lh.
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