Overall sowing acreage in India declines 0.5 percent


As the first harvest in Inidia commencing in a few weeks with the start of September, it is estimated that the overall kharif season sowing acreage as of the end of August is seen to be 0.5 percent lower when compared with the corresponding period last year.

This year, a trend among farmers was seen, as they have shifted from Oilseeds and Jute, which were one among the profit making crops. The main reason for shifting is said to be the insignificant profit margins in the last few years.

The major increase in the sowing acreage in India was seen in Cotton and Sugarcane, which is 18 percent and 9 percent respectively.

Cotton was seen to be the most preferred crops by the farmers in the country. The highest increase comes from Telangana, which has sown 1.824 million hectares of Cotton against last year’s 1.25 million hectares, representing a 5 percent increase.

Pulses sowing in India have seen a sharp decline, mainly in the central parts of India. Much of the decline in Pulses comes from Arhar, Farmers across the country sowed Arhar between 4 percent less in Madhya Pradesh and 40 percent less in Telangana.

Cereal production continues to remain low. While Rice sowing in Assam had peaked in 2015-16, its acreage dropped sharply the next year and dipped once again this season. Meanwhile, farmers in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest producers of Rice, continue to steadily sow more of the cereal.


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