New Delhi. Sowing of winter crops has started in the country. Farmers have sown wheat in 34,000 hectares so far this rabi season. The Ministry of Agriculture gave this information on Friday. Wheat is the main crop of winter or Rabi. Rice and pulses, such as gram, urad, moong as well as oilseeds such as groundnut and sunflower, are other rabi crops grown in this season. According to the sowing data released by the ministry, so far wheat has been sown in 34,000 hectares in the Rabi season of 2021-22, as against 35,000 hectares in the same period a year ago.
Wheat sowing has started in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir, but is yet to start in main producing states like Punjab and Haryana as the harvesting of Kharif crops is still underway. The data shows that not only wheat, the area under sowing of paddy, pulses and coarse cereals has been less so far this Rabi season as compared to a year ago period. However, till now the area under oilseeds has been reported to be higher as compared to a year ago period.
So far this rabi season, paddy has been sown in 3.71 lakh hectares as against 4.34 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. Whereas in the said period, the sowing of coarse cereals has been done in 4.20 lakh hectare as against 5.24 lakh hectare earlier. In the Rabi season 2021-22 so far, pulses have been sown in 9.70 lakh hectares as against 12.58 lakh hectares in the same period a year ago.
So far this Rabi season, oilseeds have been sown in 25.33 lakh hectares as against 20.01 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. So far this rabi season, the total rabi crop has been sown in 43.29 lakh hectare as against 42.52 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.