January 3, 2012
India wheat acreage lowers to 27.64 million hectares
According to Indian government data, local farmers planted wheat on 27.64 million hectares until Friday (Dec 31), down from 27.79 million hectares against the previous year.
Wheat sowing usually starts in October, but was delayed by nearly a month this year due to prolonged monsoon rainfall, which prevented timely harvest of summer-sown rice from the cultivation area.
India, the world's second-largest wheat producer, expects wheat output in the crop year that started July 1 to exceed last year's 85.93 million metric tons, helped by favourable weather and a rise in acreage.
The data showed also that winter-sown oilseed plantings until Friday fell to 7.92 million hectares from 8.45 million hectares a year earlier. The area under pulses declined to 13.85 million hectares from 14.02 million hectares.