Kharif crop sowing crosses 563 lakh hectare area

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New Delhi: Kharif crops have been sown in over 563 lakh hectare till date as against 521 lakh hectare last year. It is nearly 42 lakh hectare more than last year figure.

Crop sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry, reveals that the rice has been sown in over 125 lakh hectare which is about five lakh hectare more than the last year. Over 74 lakh hectare area has been covered under the cultivation of pulses which is more than 14 lakh hectare of the sown area under the crop last year.

The coarse cereals have been sown in over 113 lakh hectare, oilseeds in nearly 104 lakh hectare and cotton in over 90 lakh hectare.