ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cropping Pattern in Punjab (1966–67 to 2014–15)

While rice and wheat occupied 90.1% of the area in Punjab and contributed 76.9% towards production in 2014–15, the combined area under other crops, which in 1966–67 was 54.54%, has decreased drastically to 9.87% in 2014–15. This changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy.

Punjab with a 1.53% share in the geographical area of India, produced 27.92% of the total wheat and rice produced in the country in 2014–15.1 Punjab’s contribution towards India’s food self-sufficiency has been widely acknowledged. In this article, we review the changing cropping pattern in Punjab between 1966–67 and 2014–15. The crops considered here include rice, wheat, tur, gram, bajra, barley, jowar, ragi, maize, small millets, groundnut, sesamum, sunflower, linseed, rapeseed and mustard, sugar cane, and cotton.

Area under Major Crops

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Updated On : 24th Jan, 2017

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