Kharif sowing up 13.9% as of 31 July 2020
by Yash Shah
Area sown under kharif crops was reported at 88.2 million hectares as of 31 July 2020. This is 13.9 per cent higher than the area covered during the corresponding period last year. Acreage under rice increased by 19 per cent to 26.7 million hectares and that under coarse cereals also increased by 6.5 per cent to 14.8 million hectares. Area sown under pulses was up y-o-y by 19.3 per cent at 11.2 million hectares. Oilseeds were sown on 17.5 million hectares, 16.8 per cent higher than a year ago. Area sown under cotton increased by 11.3 per cent to 12.1 million hectares and that under sugarcane also increased by 1.1 per cent to 5.2 million hectares as of 31 July 2020.