New Delhi: India produced a record quantity of foodgrains in the last crop year at 233.87 million tonnes (mt), surpassing the previous high in 2007-08 by about 3 mt.
“Despite vicissitudes of weather, total foodgrain production increased from 230.77 mt in 2007-08 to 233.87 mt in 2008-09 as per the fourth advance estimates,” minister of state for agriculture K.V. Thomas told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply last week.
Delayed monsoon may lower rice output by 15%
New Delhi: Renowned agri-scientist M.S. Swaminathan said that a delayed monsoon has put India in a serious situation and scanty rains are likely to lower rice production by 15% this season.
Latest government data show the sowing of paddy across the country has fallen by 21% to 11.46 million ha as on 17 July, compared with 14.52 million ha in the year-ago period.