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Kharif sowing touches new record at 1,095.38 lakh hectare

New Delhi: Sowing of kharif (summer) crops touched a new record at 1,095.38 lakh hectare so far in the current season on the back of good rains and timely pre-positioning of crop inputs, according to the agriculture ministry.
Sowing of rice still continues while sowing of pulses, coarse cereals, millets and oilseeds is almost over. The final sowing figures for the current kharif season will be closed on October 2, it said. 

The previous record was achieved in 2016 when farmers had sown kharif crops in a total area of 1,075.71 lakh hectare.

Kharif sowing begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June and harvesting from October onwards.

According to the ministry’s data, kharif crops have been sown in a record area of 1,095.38 lakh hectare so far this season, as against 1,030.32 lakh hectare in the year-ago. PTI