As per preliminary reports received for the fields, sowing of Rabi crops has started in various parts of the country. The total area sown under Rabi crops as on 13th November, 2015 is 123.28 lakh hectares.  Wheat has been sown/transplantd in 18.65 lakh hectares, pulses in 38.91 lakh hectare coarse cereals in 34.53 lakhhectares, oilseeds in 31.02 lakh hectares and Rice in 0.17 lakh hectares.

The details of the area covered so far and that covered during last year this time is as follows:                                                                                                                            Lakh hectare

Crop Area sown in 2015-16 Area sown in 2014-15
Wheat 18.65 42.88
Pulses 38.91 34.42
Coarse Cereals 34.53 27.74
Oilseeds 31.02 53.90
Rice 0.17 0.36
Total 123.28 159.30