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Govt predicts record 257.44 MT foodgrains output for '11-12
16 Jul 2012, 10:15 PM
The government estimates the country' total foodgrains production at an all-time high of 257.44 million tonnes (MT) for the 2011-12 crop year, higher by 5 MT than its April estimate, on account of good rain last year.

"As per the fourth advance estimate for 2011-12 crop year (July-June), foodgrains production is all-time high at 257.44 MT," Agriculture Secretary Ashish Bahuguna told PTI.

The massive growth in foodgrains production in 2011-12 was on account of implementation of several schemes including 'Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern region' in the 11th Five year plan (2007-12), he said.

In the third advance estimated released in April, the ministry had projected foodgrains output at 252.56 MT for 2011-12 as against 244.78 MT in the previous crop year.

As per today's estimate, the country has harvested a record 104.32 MT of rice in 2011-12, as against 103.41 MT in the third estimate. In 2010-11, rice output stood at 95.98 MT.

Similarly, wheat production has also been revised upward nearly four million tonnes to 93.90 MT, as against 86.87 MT in the previous crop year.

Pulses production has been upped by nearly 2 lakh tonnes to 17.21 MT in 2011-12 but remains lower than 18.24 MT achieved in the 2010-11 crop year.

However, oilseeds output has been estimated to have been revised downward by 50,000 tonnes to 30.01 million tonnes in 2011-12, against 32.47 million tonnes in the previous crop year.

Among cash crops, cotton production has been kept unchanged at 35.2 million bales (of 170 kg) in 2011-12, against 33 million bales.

But sugarcane output has been revised upward by more than six million tonnes to 357.67 million tonnes in 2011-12, as against 342.23 million tonnes in the previous year.

Every year, the government releases five foodgrain production estimates at different stages.

 
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