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