A) About 90% of the area under pulses in India is rain fed
B) The share of pulses in the gross cropped at the national level has doubled in the last two decades
C) India accounts for about 15% of the total area cultivated under rice in the world
D) Rice occupies about 34% of the gross cropped area of India
Correct Answer: A
Solution :[a] India, accounting for 20% of all world rice production, is the world's second largest rice producer is estimated to have harvested 104.4 million tonnes in 2012-13 crop year (July-June). It had reached a record 105.30 million tonnes of the grain output in 2011-12. According to Ministry of Agriculture data, area planted under paddy has increased to 35.46 million hectare till August 2013 of the kharif season, as against 34.47 million hectare in the same period last year. Rice occupies about 34% of the gross cropped area of India. India has become the world's second largest rice producing nation with the largest rice harvesting area in the world. Rice occupies about 24% of total cropped area of the country and contributes 42% of total food grain production and 45% of total cereal production. Around 65% of the total population in India depends on rice and it accounts for 40% of their food production.
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