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Foodgrains production likely to cross 250 MT

Posted on Feb 08, 05:10PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 8 : India is likely to produce 250.14 million tonnes of foodgrains during 2012-13 (includes kharif 2012 and rabi crops in the field at present), said the government on Friday.

This, despite a drop of 7 million tonnes in production during kharif, owing to erratic monsoons.

As per the second advance estimates of crop production released on Friday by the Agriculture Ministry, production of major crops except pulses is likely to be less than last year, which happened to be the year of record foodgrain production helped by a favourable monsoon.

In the present crop year (2012-13), despite deficient and late rainfall in many parts of the country in the monsoon season, the estimated production is higher than the foodgrain production achieved any time before last year, showing the growing resilience of Indian agriculture.

A number of initiatives have been taken in recent years to increase production of pulses, including raising MSP of main pulses crops significantly and special schemes to encourage farmers to adopt modern agronomic practices in pulses production, said the ministry.

The assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from states and validated with information available from other sources.