There has been a decline of 6.9 per cent in the area of crops sown this summer, according to the latest data published by the Union Ministry of Agriculture on July 19, 2019. According to the data, rice has been sown on 14 million hectares (ha), down from 15.1 million ha the same time previous year. This is 32 per cent below the normal for the corresponding week. The area under soybeans has shrunk to 8 million ha from 9 million ha. Pulses acreage also reduced 13 per cent to the normal for the corresponding week. And similarly, the total acreage of coarse cereals and oilseeds has dropped by 12 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. The total area of sowing was 63 per cent below the normal for the corresponding week, according to ministry data. Maze, however, was sown on almost as much as the 2018’s 5.5 million ha.