Govt lowers wheat,rice output

But it still raised prospects for total foodgrain upwards...

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2010 5:25:25 pm

The government today revised the production forecast of wheat and rice for 2009-10 crop year slightly lower to 80.71 million tonnes and 89.31 million tonnes,respectively,from its earlier projections.

According to the fourth advance forecast released by the Agriculture Ministry for 2009-10 (July-June),the country is estimated to have harvested a record 80.71 million tonnes against 80.98 million tonnes (MT) in the third advance estimate released in May.

India had produced 80.68 MT of wheat in 2008-09. Rice output has also been revised downwards at 89.13 MT in the fourth estimate for 2009-10 from 89.31 MT in the third estimate. In the previous year,India had produced a record 99.18 million tonnes.

The production declined in 2009-10 due to severe drought last year that affected almost half of the country.

The output of pulses,too,has been revised downwards to 14.59 MT from 14.77 MT in the third estimate. But it is still higher than 14.57 MT in 2008-09.

However,as per the fourth estimate,the country’s total foodgrains production has been revised marginally upwards at 218.2 MT against 218.19 MT in the third advance estimate.

This is because the estimate of coarse cereals output has been increased to 33.77 MT in the fourth estimate from 33.13 MT in the third estimate.

In 2008-09 crop year,the country had produced a record 234.47 MT of foodgrains.

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