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Where is red soil found in India?

by aditya abhishek

Red Soil

Red soil is found in several regions across India. The colour of the red soil is red due to the presence of iron oxide, which gives it a reddish appearance. 


Red soils are low in calcium, magnesia, phosphorous, nitrogen, humus,but high in potassium. They can be loamy, sandy to clayey. 

Suitable Crops

Crops such as cotton, wheat, pulses, tobacco, jowar, linseed, millet, potatoes, etc. are ideal for cultivation on red soils. 

Total Area

In India, around 3.5 lakh square kilometers  of area is red soil, which is 10.6% of the nation’s overall geographical region.  

States With Red Soil 

Red soil is majorly found in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh & Andhra Pradesh. However, they are also found in other Indian states. 

Other States

You can find red soils also in Odissa; southern Bihar; Birbhum & Bankura in West Bengal; Mirzapur, Jhansi, Banda & Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh; eastern parts of Rajasthan, etc. 


If you are a farmer who is cultivating crops on red soils, then you must add green manure, farmyard manure, and crop residue in your farm to increase productivity. 

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