FnBNews: India foodgrains production touched record 235.88 Mts in 10-11
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday released the third advance estimates of crop
production for 2010-11.

As per the latest estimates, India has produced
235.88 Mts of foodgrains during 2010-11 compared to 218.11 Mts in the previous
year. This is highest ever foodgrains production, surpassing the earlier record
of 234.47 Mts achieved in 2008-09.

It may also be noted that the
production of wheat, estimated at 84.27 Mts, is an all-time record. Similarly,
production of pulses, estimated at 17.29 Mts, is an all-time record.

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.

Contributed by steady increase in production of soyabean
and a quantum jump of 2.62 Mts over its production during 2009-10, the oilseeds
production, estimated at 30.25 Mts, is also an all-time record. Cotton
production has increased from 24.23 million bales in 2009-10 to 33.93 million
bales in 2010-11.

The production of sugarcane, which had attained a
record level of 355.52 Mts during 2006-07 and declined in subsequent years, has
again started witnessing increasing trend with an estimated production of 340.55
Mts in the current year.

The production estimates for major crops for
2010-11 are as follows: Rice - 94.11 Mts; Wheat - 84.27 Mts: highest ever;
Coarse Cereals - 40.21 Mts; Maize - 20.23 Mts; Pulses - 17.29 Mts: highest ever;
Tur - 3.15 Mts; Urad - 1.82 Mts; and Moong - 1.37 Mts. Oilseeds - 30.25 Mts:
highest ever; Soyabean - 12.59 Mts; and Groundnut - 7.09 Mts; Cotton - 33.93
million bales of 170 kg each: highest ever; and Sugarcane - 340.55

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