MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian farmers have planted summer-sown crops on 104.17 million hectares as of Sept. 7, up 0.2 percent from a year earlier, government data showed.
Cotton sowing was down 2.4 percent, while rice planting rose 2.3 percent.
Monsoon rainfall was 7 percent lower than normal as of Sept. 7, but in some states such as Manipur the rainfall deficit was as high as 53 percent, data compiled by the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed.
India’s monsoon rains, a crucial element for the country’s farm output, are likely to be below average in 2018, after the country experienced lighter than usual rainfall during the first half of the season.
The following figures are provisional and are in million hectares. Some numbers have been rounded, and the table does not include all crops.
Crops 2018/19 2017/18
Rice 38.193 37.336
Pulses 13.441 13.745
Pigeon peas 4.520 4.511
Cereals 17.431 18.164
Corn 7.861 7.870
Oilseeds 17.395 16.920
Soybean 11.192 10.526
Sugar cane 5.194 4.986
Cotton 11.810 12.098
Total 104.165 103.957
Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; editing by David Evans