Berhampur: Despite deficient rainfall recorded in several regions during this monsoon, farming in most of the states have been satisfactory and if the trend continues the country could produce a record quantity of foodgrain this year.
Shortfall was recorded in monsoon rain in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and several other states, Union Agriculture Secretary P K Mishra said here.
However, the recent rains have revived paddy farming in full swing and if the trend prevailing now continues, the country could achieve the target in food grain production, he said.
The central government has targeted to produce 235 million tonnes of foodgrain this year. Last year the country had produced 231 million tonnes of foodgrain, the record quantity of production.
Last year we had produced the record quantities of the foodgrain in the country, despite the crops being destroyed in Bulandkhand areas, he said on the sidelines of a seminar on Horticulture Production and Post Harvest Management in Orissa.
The agricultural growth rate last year was maintained at 4.5% in comparison with the two per cent growth rate in the previous year, he said adding that during 2006-07, the foodgrain production in the country was 217 million tonnes.