The total acreage under kharif crops continues to see good improvement and stood at 580.21 lakh hectares (lh) as on 10 July 2020, recording a rise of 44.13% compared to 402 lh in the corresponding week last year, according to latest sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry. The acreage under Rice rose by 26% to 121 lh. The area under coarse cereals jumped by around 29.60% to 93.24 lh. The pulses acreage rallied by 162.35% to 64.25 lh. In pulses, the area under arhar stood at 26.18 lh, around 200% more than the acreage reported in the same period last year.
The area under oilseeds stood at 139.37 lh, up 85% compared to the area covered in the same week in the previous season. In oilseeds, acreage under Soyabean stood at 101.46 lh, surging nearly 96% on year. The area under groundnut stood at 32.80 lh, up 62% compared the same week last year. In other commodities, the acreage under cotton rose by 35% to 105 lh. Sugarcane acreage rose marginally by 0.59% to 50.89 lh.
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