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Kharif sowing improves, still less than year ago

With the narrowing of rainfall deficiency across the country, sowing of kharif crops has shown a steady increase as the total acreage has risen close to 100 million hectares, although still lower than a year ago.

Sowing of kharif crops showed a steady increase during this week. The total sown area as on 12 September, as per reports received from states, stands at 99.91 million hectare as compared to 103.28 lakh hectare at this time last year, Agriculture Ministry said in a statement.

Sowing of kharif crop begins with the onset of monsoon as a majority of the agriculture land in the country is dependant on rains, as on date the monsoon deficiency has come down to 11 per cent.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the overall monsoon deficiency till 27 August was 18 per cent.

As of Friday, rice has been sown in 36.69 million hectares, coarse cereals in 17.58 million hectares,
pulses in 9.92 million hectares, oilseeds in 17.52 million hectares and sugarcane in 4.87 million hectares.
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