Indian wheat seeds 1% in top four states

In the ongoing rabies season, the area under wheat in the top four producing states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana – was higher in the current season till Friday at 239.79 lakh hectares (lh) against 237.37 lh. by one percent compared to a year ago. Together, these four states share 75 percent of the country’s total wheat-growing area. After surpassing last week’s normal range of 307.32 lh, the pan-India wheat sector narrowed the deficit to around 4 million hours till Friday. The latest data show that the wheat cultivation area reached 320.54 lh, a year earlier it was 324.58 lh. The deficit was 2 percent as of December 22. Sowing of late-variety wheat will continue until the first week of January, officials said. The seed area of ​​all rapable cereals in 2023 was 29.12. to 629.65 lh, which is more than 97 percent of the normal 648.33 lh. Experts said that since it is still 3 percent lower than a year ago at 646.16 lh, the season could end with a 1-2 percent loss.

Lentils increase slightly

The area under Rabi pulses reached 142.49 lh against 153.22 lh, which is 7 percent less than the area under gram (chana) has been consistently lower for a long time. Lentils (Masur) improved to 18.68 lh, slightly higher than 18.02 lh a year ago. The seed area of ​​large rabi pulse grams decreased by 8 percent from 97.05 lh to 105.8 lh. So far, 96 percent of the area under the normal 100.92 lh gram has been covered. The mustard area continued to march throughout the season and was 97.29 lh on December 29, which is 2 percent more than 95.63 lh in the same period last year. The area under all rapeseed oilseeds is reported at 104.96 lh, up from 105.15 lh a year ago, with groundnut area down by 1.02 lh to 3.32 lh. Although groundnut is a kharif crop, it is also grown in winter for about 7 lh, mostly in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.

Dependent areas

The dependent area stood at 14.36 lh compared to 16.57 lh a year ago, with Tamil Nadu having the maximum area of ​​10.45 lh. The normal area for winter grazing is 52.5 lh and the government expects it to reach the normal area or more. The area sown with coarse grain increased to 47.29 lh, 1 percent more than 46.64 lh. The Jowar area was reported at 21.04 lh, down from 21.19 lh and the maize area was slightly higher at 17.53 lh compared to 17.51 ​​lh a year ago. Barley sowing increased by 9 percent from 8.01 lh when it was 7.32 lh a year ago.

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