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Summer crop area marginally down YoY

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Summer crop area marginally down YoY



Sowing of summer crops marginally down

Data released by the Indian agriculture ministry shows that the sowing of summer crops this year is marginally down at 69.20 lakh hectares against last year’s 70.30 lakh hectares. The sowing area under pulses and coarse cereals has increased year-on-year, while the acreage of rice and oilseeds is lower.

Increase in pulses

The area coverage under pulses has increased to 19.61 lakh hectares compared to last year’s 18.44 lakh hectares. The increase is mainly in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat.

Coarse cereals on the rise

11.73 lakh hectares of Shri Anna and nutri and coarse cereals are being grown compared to last year’s 11.30 lakh hectares. The top three states producing these cereals are Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Decrease in rice and oilseeds

The area coverage under summer rice is reported to be 27.89 lakh hectares compared with last year’s 29.80 lakh hectares. Similarly, oilseeds have decreased with 9.6 lakh hectares this year against 10.85 lakh hectares last year.

Agriculture ministry’s target

The Indian agriculture ministry has set a target of a record 332 million tonnes production of foodgrains for 2023-24. This is against the latest estimate of 323.5 million tonnes produced last year.

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The sowing of summer crops is marginally down at 69.20 lakh hectares this year against 70.30 lakh hectares a year ago, according to the latest data released by the agriculture ministry.

The sowing area under pulses and coarse cereals is higher year-on-year, while the acreage of rice and oilseeds is lower.

About 19.61 lakh ha area coverage has been reported under pulses compared with 18.44 lakh ha last year. They are mainly in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat.

Shri Anna and nutri and course cereals are being grown in about 11.73 lakh ha compared with 11.30 lakh ha last year, with Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal being the top three states.

About 27.89 lakh ha area coverage under summer rice has been reported against 29.80 lakh ha last year while that of oilseeds is 9.6 lakh ha area this year compared with 10.85 lakh ha last year.

The agriculture ministry has set a target of a record 332 million tonnes production of foodgrains for 2023-24 against the latest estimate of 323. 5 million tonnes produced last year.

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