As per preliminary reports received from the States, the total area sown under Rabi crops as on 19th January 2018 stands at 617.79 lakh hectares as compared to 620.99 lakh hectare this time in 2017.
Wheat has been sown/transplanted in 298.67 lakh hectares, rice in 22.32 lakh hectares, pulses in 163.11 lakh hectares, coarse cereals in 54.58 lakh hectares and area sown under oilseeds is 79.11 lakh hectares.
The area sown so far and that sown during last year this time is as follows:
Lakh hectareCrop Area sown in 2017-18 Area sown in 2016-17Wheat 298.67 311.17Rice 22.32 15.99Pulses 163.11 155.76Coarse Cereals 54.58 55.99Oilseeds 79.11 82.08Total 617.79 620.99
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