Sowing of wheat for the rabi 2012-13 marketing season has picked up in the last week but cultivation of pulses is slightly lower.

As per official data made available here over the weekend, the total area under rabi this season is 567 lakh hectares compared to 560.19 lakh hectares at this time last year. Sowing is likely to remain brisk as the weather is “generally favourable”, official sources pointed out.

The area under wheat so far is 286.38 lakh hectares compared to 281.80 lakh hectares sown in the corresponding period last year. Coarse cereals have been sown in 59.14 lakh hectares as against 56.35 lakh hectares last year, while oilseeds have been planted in 80.99 lakh hectares against 79.41 lakh hectares at this time last year.

However, the area under pulses is slightly lower at 136.05 lakh hectares as against 136.65 lakh hectares sown in the corresponding period last year. This has caused some worry as the production of kharif pulses too was hit by drought in parts of the country.

Rice sowing low

Sowing of rabi rice is also lower at 4.45 lakh hectares as against 5.99 lakh hectares at this time last year.

The procurement of kharif paddy for the Central Pool, however, is higher by six per cent at 24.1 million tonnes, according to the Food & Public Procurement Department.

Area under pulses slightly lower than last year