Kharif acreage of pulses and oilseeds down as of 16 September 2022

Area sown under pulses in the ongoing kharif season fell by 4.1 per cent to around 13.2 million hectares as on 16 September 2022, as compared to the same period a year ago, as per the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) dashboard. Among major pulses, area covered under arhar was down by 4.6 per cent, while urad and moong reported 3.9 per cent and 4 per cent decline in acreage, respectively.

Area sown under coarse cereals, on the other hand, increased year-on-year by 4.2 per cent to 18.1 million hectares as on 16 September 2022. Area under bajra, maize and small millets was up by 10.4 per cent, 2.1 per cent and 12.2 per cent, respectively. Jowar and Ragi reported a shrinkage in acreage.

Oilseeds were sown on 19.1 million hectares as on 16 September 2022, 0.7 per cent lower than a year ago. The fall was led by groundnut, area under which shrunk by 7.3 per cent. Area under all other oilseeds including sunflower, sesamum, niger and castor increased, except for soyabean, which reported marginal decline of 0.1 per cent.

Area sown under cotton as of 16 September 2022, at 12.7 million hectares, was higher year-on-year by nearly 7.5 per cent.

The details of acreage under rice and sugarcane for the week ended 16 September 2022 are not available on the NFSM dashboard.