Rabi area coverage has increased by 24.13 lakh hectares over last year, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Narendra Singh Tomar informed in New Delhi today.
Taking stock of the Rabi crops position with senior officials, Tomar expressed satisfaction that so far, Rabi area coverage reported under wheat is 152.88 lakh hectares as compared to 138.35 lakh hectares of the corresponding period of last year, as major wheat growing states have reported increased area coverage as compared to last year. For wheat, there is an increase in area coverage by 14.53 lakh hectares over last year and this has been the highest ever since the last four years.
As on November 25, 2022, the total area sown under Rabi crops reported was 358.59 lakh hectares (which is 57 per cent of the normal Rabi area) as compared to 334.46 lakh hectares of the corresponding period of last year. Thus, Rabi area coverage has increased by 24.13 lakh hectares over the last year.
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The agriculture minister hoped that with favourable soil moisture conditions, better live water storage position and comfortable availability of fertilisers across the country, Rabi crops area coverage is expected to accelerate further in the coming days and a good Rabi harvest can be expected.
Present live water storage in 143 important reservoirs across the country is 149.49 billion cubic meters (week ending November 24, 2022) which is 106 per cent of the corresponding period of last year and 119 per cent of the average storage of the last 10 years of the corresponding period. Soil moisture condition during 15-21 November 2022 is more than the average of the past 7 years of the corresponding period in most of the districts. Availability of fertilisers against the requirement for Rabi season is also comfortable across the country.