Moong acreage up 7.3% on year at 3.4 mln ha.

Area under moong crop across the country was at 3.40 mln ha, up 7.3% on year, largely due to a rise in acreage in Rajasthan and Karnataka. In Rajasthan, the largest grower, area under the crop jumped 22.5% on year to 1.92 mln ha. The rise in overall acreage this year is due to the steep hike of 50% in the minimum support price for moong for 2018-19. In Karnataka, the area under moong cultivation rose 16.2% on year to 423,000 ha.