Thursday, April 7, 2011
India's foodgrains production estimated at 235.88 milliontonnes for 2010-11
The country had produced 218.11 million tonnes of foodgrains in 2009-10.
The estimates, released here by Union AgricultureMinister Sharad Pawar, said the production of wheat, estimated at 84.27 million tonnes in 2010-11, an all-time record.
Similarly, the production of pulses, estimated at 17.29 million tonnes, is also a new high, the estimates showed.
According to an official statement, despite a setback in the production of rice due to drought in some of the major rice-producing areas in the country, foodgrains production reached the record level due to significant improvement in production of wheat, pulses and coarse cereals.
Thanks to a steady increase in production of soyabean and a quantum jump of 2.62 million tonnes over its production during 2009-10, oilseeds production, estimated at 30.25 million tones, is also an all-time record, it said.
Cotton production is estimated to have increased from 24.23 million bales in 2009-10 to 33.93 million bales in 2010-11.
Production of sugarcane, which had attained a record level of 355.52 million tonnes during 2006-07 and declined in subsequent years, has again started witnessing an increasing trend with an estimated production of 340.55 million tonnes in the current year.
The production estimates for major crops for 2010-11 are as follows:
– 235.88 million tonnes: highest ever
Rice – 94.11 million tonnes
Wheat – 84.27 million tonnes: highest ever
Coarse Cereals – 40.21 million tonnes
Maize – 20.23 million tonnes
Pulses - 17.29 million tonnes: highest ever
Tur – 3.15 million tonnes
Urad – 1.82 million tonnes
Moong – 1.37 million tonnes
– 30.25 million tonnes: highest ever
Soyabean – 12.59 million tonnes
Groundnut – 7.09 million tonnes
– 33.93 million bales of 170 kg each: highest ever
– 340.55 million tonnes