The total area sown under kharif crops as on September 4, 2015 has reached to 998.67 lakh hectares as compared to 979.40 lakh hectare last year at this time.
The major jump has come in the pulses, sown in 108.37 lakh hectare as compared to last year’s 97.56 lakh hectare. Urad is sown in 26.98 lakh hectare and moong in 24.57 lakh hectare.
Rice has been sown or transplanted in 361.46 lakh hectares so far as compared to last year’s 357.47 lakh hectare in this time. Coarse cereals has been sown in 179.48 lakh hectare as compared to 170.42 lakh hectare. Similarly, sowing of oilseeds has seen rise from 173.38 lakh hectare to 178.55 lakh hectare.
However, sowing of cotton has fallen from last year’s 123.70 lakh hectare to 114.17 lakh hectare this year.