Paddy sowing area reached to 237.58 lakh hectares as on 28 July 2023 as against 233.25 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Total pulses sowing area is at 96.84 lakh hectares as against 109.15 lakh hectares during the same period of previous year. Arhar sowing area is 31.50lakh hectares, which is lower 15% than 37.50 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Urad sowing area reached 25.83lakh hectares as against 30.06 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Moong sowing area is at 27.64 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Total coarse cereals is at 145.76 lakh hectares as against143.48 lakh hectares in the same period of last year. Total Oilseeds sowing over is at 171.02 lakh hectares including Soyabean 119.91 lakh hectares (115.63 last year), Sunflower 0.52 lakh hectares (1.64 lakh hectares last year), Groundnut 37.58 lakh hectares(38.59 last year), Sesamee 10.07 lakh hectares (10.04 last year),Castor 2.77 lakh hectares (1.39 last year) as aginst 167.61 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Sugar cane planting area is at 56 lakh hectares as against 54.51 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year. Jower sowing area is at 10.58 lakh hectares (10.56 lakh hectares last year). Maize sowing area is at 69.36 lakh hectares as against 68.94 lakh hectares in the coresponding period of last year according to the data of NFSM.