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Friday, 25 April 2008

India is estimated to have produced a record 227.32 million tons of food grains, including 76.78 million tons of wheat during 2007-08 crop year, reports PTI.

The increase in output, which is 10 million tons (MT) more than what was produced last year, is due to factors such as even rainfall distribution and favourable temperature during Rabi season, Agriculture Secretary P.K.Mishra told reporters here Tuesday, while releasing the third advance crop estimate.

According to the government estimate for this crop year (June-May), farmers have produced a record 76.78 MT of wheat this year compared to 75.81 MT in 2006-07. The previous highest production of 76.36 MT wheat was recorded in 1999-2000.

Other crops which saw a record harvest in 2007-08 include rice, maize, tur, urad, soyabean and cotton, Mishra said. Rice production is estimated at 95.68 MT, up by 2 MT over last year while coarse cereals like maize, bajra and jowar have increased to 39.67 MT from 33.92 MT.

Pulses production has also reached an all time high of 15.19 MT this year, Mishra said attributing the rise to government’s schemes like National Food Security Mission (N.F.S.M.) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

He said quality seeds provided under the N.F.S.M. scheme led to an increase in production of pulses by 29 percent in Rajasthan and 400 percent in Chhatisgarh.

The overall oilseeds production touched a record high, the agriculture secretary expressed concern over falling output of mustard. Oilseeds production at 28.21 MT is estimated to be an all time record with groundnut contributing 8.87 MT, soyaben 9.43 MT, sunflower 1.20 MT and rapeseed and mustard 6.43 MT.

However, there is a 13.6 percent fall in mustard production, which was 7.44 MT last year. “The hailstorms and frost affected the mustard crop sverely in many parts of the northern India,” Mishra said.

As regards cotton, the production is estimated at 23.19 million bales of 170 kg each while that of sugarcane is estimated at 344.23 MT, over 11.2 MT less than last year’s production.

The third estimate pegged the jowar output at 7.73 MT and bajra at 9.65 MT while that of maize increased by around 23 percent to 18.54 MT from 15.10 MT in 2006-07.

Tur production in 2007-08 is estimated to have touched 3.03 MT, up from 2.31 MT last year. Urad and moong production stood at 1.56 MT each.

However, there was a decline in chana production, which stood at 6.08 MT as against 6.33 MT in 2006-07. The government has estimated jute production at 10.56 MT and Mesta at 0.97 MT for 2007-08.

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shubham kalra  - with respect to your above information |2009-06-21 09:21:45
The information is good and it shows a clear cut fluctuations but you should also show some graphical representation which can help us learn better.

Thank You
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