Irregular rainfall across India along with delayed withdrawal of southwest monsoon has impacted the sowing of crops like wheat and pulses in the ongoing Rabi season.  According to data released by the Agriculture Ministry, area sown under pulses has dropped 18% to 69.95 lakh hectare so far in the current season over the same period last year due to less planting in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Sowing of wheat, which is the main Rabi crop, is also slightly lagging behind at Rs 51.63 lakh hectare so far in the Rabi season if compared with 54.28 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.  It must be noted that the sowing of Rabi crops 

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