15 May 2023, New Delhi: In the latest data released last week by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, the summer crops have been sown in 69.20 lakh hectares. There has been a decline of 2% in sowing this year as compared to last year.
An increase of 6 percent has been recorded in summer pulses as compared to the same week last year. This year the total coverage of pulses crops was 19.61 lakh hectare area, while in the year 2022 the total coverage was 18.44 lakh hectare area. The coverage is mainly in green gram (16.14 lakh ha), black gram (3.24 lakh ha), and other pulses (0.23 lakh ha).
On the other hand, a decline of 6 % has been observed in summer paddy. The area under paddy is 27.89 lakh hectares as against 29.80 lakh hectares during the same period last year.
This time an increase of 4 percent has been seen in millets. This year the total coverage of millets was 11.73 lakh hectare area, while in the year 2022, the total coverage was 11.30 lakh hectare area. This coverage is mainly in Jowar (0.25 lakh hectare), Ragi (0.14 lakh hectare), Bajra (4.69 lakh hectare), and Maize (6.65 lakh hectare).
Oilseed has shown a decline of up to 8 percent as compared to last year. The total area under oilseed crops is 9.96 lakh hectares, while in the year 2022, the total area was 10.85 lakh hectares.
Progress of area coverage under Summer crops
|Crops||Area Sown Current Year 2023||Area Sown Last Year 2022|
|3||Millets / Shri Anna -cum -Coarse Cereals||11.73||11.30|
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