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New Delhi: The sowing area under pulses in various states is showing a declining trend in the ongoing rabi (winter sowing) season compared to the previous season, the government said on Friday.

Pulses area in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Rajasthan is down in this rabi season compared with the last season, minister of state for agriculture Tariq Anwar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

“Preliminary reports of area coverage during the current rabi season (2012-13) received from state departments of agriculture indicate that there is less coverage of area under various pulses, as compared to the corresponding period of last year in the states of UP, MP and Rajasthan," he said.

Sowing in rabi (winter) season starts from October, while the harvesting of crops is undertaken during March-April.

“Since, the sowing of pulses is still in progress, it is expected that the coverage of area under pulses during rabi 2012-13 will touch the area coverage of last rabi season (2011-12)," Anwar added.

According to the data presented by the minister, pulses acreage in the country stands at 10.25 million hectares as of 29 November, 2012 in the current season.

The acreage under pulses was lower at around 9.8 million hectares in the kharif season (2012-13), as against 10.4 million hectares in the previous kharif season.

To a separate query in the House, Anwar said the sowing area under pulses has been fluctuating.

“The cultivated area under pulses has been fluctuating in recent past," he added.

The country had sown 24.78 million hectares under various pulses varieties in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June), while the sowing area in the 2010-11 crop year stood at 26.41 million hectares, as per the data presented by the minister.

The country had sown pulses in 23.28 million hectares in 2009-10 crop year, whereas, the area in 2009-09 crop year stood at 22.09 million hectares, the data showed.

The government is implementing the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) - Pulses in 468 districts in 16 states to enhance the production as well as productivity of the key protein food staple, Anwar said.

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