The productivity of foodgrains increased to 1,921 kg per hectare in 2010-11 from 1,756 kg/hectare in 2006-07 as a result of the implementation of various development programs, a government statement said on Monday.
This information was given by Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the statement said.
The yield of rice was at 2,240 kg per hectare in 2010-11, up from 2,125 kg per hectare in the previous year, while yield of wheat went up to 2,938 kg per hectare, up from 2,839 kg per hectare the previous year, the statement added.
While India is more or less self sufficient in cereals, it has to import large amounts of two other essential commodities -- pulses and vegetable oils which analysts say is a cause of worry as their imports are growing.
Analysts also point out that while yields may have increased, there are other challenges facing agriculture such as keeping cultivable land from being industrialized, good irrigation infrastructure and scientific farming practices.