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Farmers continue to show their preference for oilseeds, mainly rapeseed-mustard over other crops as the planting of rabi crops progresses at a fair pace across the country with overall coverage exceeding last year’s levels marginally.

In Rajasthan, the largest mustard-producing State, farmers have increased the acreage under mustard-taramira by a whopping 36 per cent to 29.28 million hectares  compared with 21.51 million hectares  during the same period a year ago. The normal area under the crop in Rajasthan is 25.50 million hectares .

Similarly, in Madhya Pradesh, the area under mustard has gone up by 69 per cent to 7.78 million hectares  (4.61 million hectares ). Haryana with a planted area of 5.47 million hectares and Assam are other States that have witnessed an area increase in mustard area, while Uttar Pradesh has seen a marginal decline at 10.21 million hectares .

Many parts of the country continues to receive good post-monsoon rains helping the sowing. Cumulative rainfall from the period October 1 to November 10 has been 29 per cent more than normal for the country as a whole. Over 75 per cent of the area has received normal to large excess post-monsoon rainfall till November 10.

The area under wheat, the main rabi cereal crop, is down by 10 per cent at 41.33 million hectares, as the harvest of kharif crops is still going on across many States.

Pulses area trails

In Uttar Pradesh, the largest wheat producer, the planted area as on November 12 stood at 6.50 million hectares while in Punjab it was 12.28 million hectares  (14.10 million hectares ), Madhya Pradesh at 14.29million hectares and Haryana at 2.89 million hectares.

Though the overall area under pulses is still trailing last year’s level, the area under gram in Madhya Pradesh, the largest producing State, is marginally up at 11.80 million hectares. Karnataka with a planted area of 6.85 million hectares and Andhra with 1.55 million hectares are the other States that have registered an increase.

In Rajasthan, the acreage was lower at 12.41 million hectares, Uttar Pradesh at 3.9 million hectares and Maharashtra at 1.2 million hectares have registered a decline. Paddy transplantation has been sluggish with Tamil Nadu registering an acreage of 5.82 million hectares.

Source: The Hindu Business

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