India achieves record output of wheat, pulses in 2010-11

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New Delhi: India produced a record quantum of wheat and pulses in the 2010-11 crop year, ending June, at 85.93 million tonnes and 18.09 million tonnes, respectively, on the back of a good monsoon and higher support prices for farmers.

According to fourth advance estimates prepared by the Agriculture Ministry, the country is estimated to have harvested 95.32 million tonnes of rice and 42.22 million tonnes of coarse cereals in the 2010-11 crop year (July-June), sources said.

The country`s total foodgrains production is estimated at 241.56 million tonnes in 2010-11, as against 218.11 million tonnes in the previous year.

Last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar announced that foodgrains production has increased to 241 million tonnes in the 2010-11 crop year, compared to the third advance estimate of 235.88 million tonnes released in April.

Foodgrains comprise rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses.

In the 2009-10 crop year, wheat production stood at 80.8 million tonnes, rice at 89.09 million tonnes, coarse cereals at 33.55 million tonnes and pulses at 14.66 million tonnes.

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