Indian farmers sow more wheat, rice and slow lentils this season Rabi


Rabi crop sowing data for 2022 shows Indian farmers preferred to sow wheat and rice rather than lentils and pulses. The rabi planting season took off on a shaky note due to an erratic monsoon, but appears to have caught up to and exceeded last year’s numbers.

The reading shows that plantings have increased by more than 7% compared to last year and the government hopes that over time this will help to further alleviate the high agricultural inflation.

For example, wheat, one of the main important crops, saw its plantings increase by nearly 15 percent. This might give some relief to the government. India’s buffer stock decreased by 49.9% from the previous year. In addition, wheat prices have increased by 20-25% in 2022 due to geopolitical and trade difficulties resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Indian farmers sow more wheat, rice and slow lentils this season Rabi

Similarly, the prices of other crops such as rice, oilseeds and mustard have skyrocketed over the past six or seven months. This is also the reason why farmers sow these crops more than a year ago.

Staples such as lentils, chana and pulses, which have not seen prices rise to that extent, saw lower plantings during the season. In fact, pulse prices have been sluggish and hovered below the minimum support price or MSP for most of last year.

Indian farmers sow more wheat, rice and slow lentils this season Rabi

For the Indian markets, the government has had to take various measures over the past few months – measures such as reducing import duties and granting subsidies – which have also had an impact on prices in the domestic market.

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(Edited by : Abhishek Jha)


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