India's wheat planting likely to surpass last year's planting

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | October 23, 2017 10:39 IST

India's wheat crop area may surpass last year's level due to better water availability and soil moisture.

India's wheat planting is expected to surpass last year's 31 million hectares on the back of better water availability and soil moisture.

According to officials, wheat planting has begun in irrigated parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and will pick up in other regions, including Punjab and Haryana, in the coming days.

India, the world's second-largest producer of wheat, recorded a bumper crop of 98.38 million tonnes last year. For 2017-18, the government has set a target of 97.50 million tonnes.

Last season, wheat planting topped the previous year's 31.55 million hectares by 8%. Higher acreage supported by good prices would increase farmers' income and lower the country's dependence on imports.

According to trade figures, the country has already imported 1 million tonnes of the commodity this year. As on October 1, the government's wheat stock stood at about 25.3 million tonnes.



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