Country’s Rabi area surged to 338 lakh hectares as on November 2019

With a spurt in wheat planting in Rajashthan and MP as farmers in both the states have shown substantially larger interest, the overall sowing of rabi crop in the country this week reached to 338.20 lakh hectares(Ih), nearing last year’s 339.75 lk in corresponding period, source Rabi showing data issued by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday. Planting has been slightly lower in other states like Punjab and Uttar Pradesh while Haryana maintains the same area as last year. However, there are 10 percent cuts in pluses sowing area compared to the same period of last year owing to delay planting in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.The 5 percent lesser in mustard cultivation has affected the overall oilseeds area at 60.31 Ih, which is 5 percent lower than the same week last year.