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Wheat sowing area crosses 34 million hectares, pulses lags: Govt data

Published on January 19, 2024
Current Context: According to the latest data from the agriculture ministry, the sowing of wheat has crossed the physiological benchmark of 34 million hectares.
Wheat sowing area crosses 34 million hectares, pulses lags: Govt data
  • This is a significant increase compared to the previous year, with the main rabi (winter) crop sowing being completed.
  • The top three states with the maximum area under wheat coverage are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab.
  • However, the coverage of pulses has lagged behind. 
  • Pulses have been sown in 15.51 million hectares in the 2023-24 rabi season, down from 16.26 million hectares in the previous year. 
  • The area under gram, urad, and moong has remained lower.
  • Despite the lag in pulses coverage, the overall area under all rabi crops is at 687.18 lakh hectares for the 2023-34 rabi season.
  • This is slightly lower compared to 689.09 lakh hectares in the year-ago period.
  • Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda expressed hope that production is expected to be good this year due to higher coverage.


Q.1 Which of the following states has the maximum area under wheat coverage?
a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Punjab
d. Haryana

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