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India wheat area so far rises 15% y/y on record prices

MUMBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Indian farmers have planted wheat on 10.1 million hectares since Oct. 1, when the current sowing season began, up nearly 15% from a year ago, the latest data from the farm ministry showed on Friday.

Farmers have also increased area under rapeseed, the key winter-sown oilseed, to 6.3 million hectares as of Nov. 18, up from last year's 5.5 million hectares, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare said in a statement. (Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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