The report said that rice has been sown in 371.46 lakh ha, pulses in 139.17 lakh ha, coarse cereals in 183.43 lakh ha, sugarcane in 49.88 lakh hectare, and cotton in 120.98 lakh ha. Whereas, sowing of oilseeds stood at 169.20 lakh ha in 2017-18 as against 18.16 lakh ha sown in 2016-17 and sowing of jute and mesta stood at 7.05 lakh ha as compared to 7.56 lakh ha sown in 2016-17.
Kharif crops or monsoon crops are plants that are cultivated and harvested in South Asia during the rainy season, which lasts from April to October depending on the area. The kharif crops include rice, maize, sorghum, pearl millet/bajra, finger millet/ragi (cereals), arhar (pulses), soyabean, groundnut (oilseeds), cotton, etc. The rabi crops include wheat, barley, oats (cereals), chickpea/gram (pulses), linseed, mustard (oilseeds), etc.
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