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The kharif season starts from middle of May and sowing for the season ends by August. With the onset of monsoon, sowing area of these crops is expected to increase further
With monsoon reaching all parts of the country, sowing area of major kharif crops, including paddy and coarse cereals, has increased though pulses acreage still lags behind, reports PTI.
As per the official data, paddy sowing picked up in the last one week with its acreage going up to 72.3 lakh hectare till 9th July, which is 3.6 lakh hectare more than the same period last year.
Acreage of coarse cereals also witnessed an increase, with the crops having been sown in 58.2 lakh hectare area, 5 lakh hectare more than the corresponding period a year ago.
Sugarcane sowing area also went up to 47.37 lakh hectare as against 41.79 lakh hectare during the same year-ago period.
However, sowing of pulses is still lagging behind and has been sown in 8.2 lakh hectare area, which is marginally less than previous year's acreage of 8.4 lakh hectare.
Oilseeds acreage has also surged to 58.39 lakh hectare over last year's acreage of 56.64 lakh hectare.
The kharif season starts from middle of May and sowing for the season ends by August. With the onset of monsoon, sowing area of these crops is expected to increase further.
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