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Rabi Crop Cultivation Report 2023-24: Overall Cultivation Area Yet to See An Upsurge

The overall area cultivation of Rabi Crops declines, however, some crops witness a surge.

Parvathy Pillai
Overall Cultivation Area Yet to See An Upsurge (Image: Freepik)
Overall Cultivation Area Yet to See An Upsurge (Image: Freepik)

The Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has recently released the latest progress in the area coverage for Rabi crops as of January 19, 2024. The agricultural landscape reflects a significant expansion, with wheat cultivation leading the way, surpassing an impressive 340 lakh hectares. Shri Anna cum Coarse cereals also exhibit robust growth, with a sown area exceeding 53 lakh hectares. The positive momentum extends to various other crops, exemplified by oilseeds, which have seen a boost of 1.06 lakh hectares.

Rapeseed & Mustard Sees An Increase of 2.27 Lakh Hectares

Furthermore, Rapeseed & Mustard cultivation has witnessed a substantial increase of 2.27 lakh hectares, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the agricultural sector. Jowar, a vital cereal crop, has experienced a commendable rise with an additional 1.5 lakh hectares brought under cultivation.

Similarly, the sowing area for Maize has expanded from 20.57 lakh hectares in the last fiscal year to an encouraging 21.29 lakh hectares in 2023-2024, reflecting a positive trajectory in maize cultivation.

Paddy and Pulses Experinces a Decline

In contrast, certain crops, notably Paddy and Pulses, experienced a reduction in cultivated areas, with Paddy witnessing a decline of 1.08 lakh hectares and Pulses encountering a substantial decrease of 7.53 lakh hectares. Additionally, the collective area coverage under Rabi crops recorded a dip of 1.91 lakh hectares, reflecting a nuanced trend in the overall cultivation landscape. 

These statistics shed light on the dynamic nature of agricultural practices, influenced by factors such as market demand, climate conditions, and government policies. The department's report provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of Rabi crop cultivation, emphasizing the need for adaptive strategies and sustainable practices to ensure the continued growth and resilience of the agricultural sector in the country.

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