PANAMA - Nov 16/20 - SNS -- India's farmers continued to make good progress seeding this year's rabi season crops, with land in all crops advancing to 18.514 million hectares, compared to 15.301 at this time last year but behind the recent five year average of 20.233 million hectares.
The quicker pace to seeding versus last year was expected. Last year's progress was delayed by a later than usual kharif season harvest in several parts of the country resulting from the delayed onset of the 2019 monsoon season.
Land in pulses, at 6.272 million hectares is slightly ahead of the recent five year average, while oilseed plantings are also modestly ahead of average. There are expectation oilseed plantings, led my mustard, will be up significantly this year, while the government also wants to see total pulse area advance.
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