According to the latest sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry, the area under kharif cultivation was only 234.33 lakh hectares as on 5th July 2019 as against last year's 319.68 lakh hectares, recording a slide of around 27% on year. Acreage under Rice, the main kharif crop, was sown in 52.47 lakh hectares till last week, down from 68.60 lakh hectares in the year-ago period, witnessing a drop of 23.60%. Pulses area took a hit as it stood at just 7.94 lakh hectares, down around 70%.
The coarse cereals were planted in 37.37 lakh hectares, down 50.65%. Acreage under oilseeds, stood at 34.02 lakh hectares, down 42.69%. Area under sugarcane was sown in around 50 lakh hectares so far, close to 51.41 lakh hectare covered in the year-ago period. The area under cotton crop was lower at 45.85 lakh hectares, down 16% compared to the year-ago period.
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