Rabi sowing down by 32 lakh hectares till this week
Crop coverage slipping across the board; some gains in oilseeds but the pace is dropping.
The looming threat of drought has become more pronounced as the area planted during the current rabi season dipped further by 32 lakh hectares (lh) till this week compared with the corresponding period last year. According to the data released by the Agriculture Ministry, a total area of 355 lh has been planted so far compared with 387 lh in the same period of the previous rabi season.
A third of the shortfall is reported from Maharashtra, where at least half the talukas are reportedly water-starved, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka.