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Agricultural area & arable land - Arable land

(thousand hectares)

India is the top country by arable land in the world. As of 2014, arable land in India was 156,360 thousand hectares that accounts for 11.03 % of the world's arable land. The top 5 countries (others are the United States of America, Russian Federation, China, and Brazil) account for 43.77 % of it. The world's total arable land was estimated at 1.42 million thousand hectares in 2014.

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Arable land is the land under temporary agricultural crops (multiple-cropped areas are counted only once), temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under market and kitchen gardens and land temporarily fallow (less than five years). The abandoned land resulting from shifting cultivation is not included in this category. Data for “Arable land” are not meant to indicate the amount of land that is potentially cultivable.