India. Govt aims record foodgrain output

27.04.2017

The Narendra Modi Government is aiming to achieve an all-time high 273 million tonnes of foodgrain production in the 2017-18 crop year beginning July, anticipating good monsoon. This even as wheat production is set to touch a record 98 million tonnes (MT) in the ongoing 2016-17 crop year ending June, on account of higher yields.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that foodgrain production is estimated to touch a record 271.98 million tonnes in the current year (July-June), as per the second estimate of the Agriculture Ministry.

"Foodgrain production target for next year is set at record 273 million tonnes. Monsoon is expected to be normal which will help achieving the desired target," Singh said while addressing a national event that aims to chalk out sowing strategy for the coming kharif season. There is sufficient supply of seeds for the forthcoming kharif season. For instance, about 83.46 lakh quintals of paddy seeds and 3.75 lakh quintals of tur dal seeds are available. Fertiliser requirement is estimated to be 28.99 million tonnes for the season, he added.

In its second estimate, the Agriculture Ministry had pegged a record wheat output of 96.64 MT for the current crop year (July-June) as against the actual output of 92.29 MT last year. "Taking into account the feedback from the State Governments and experts, it looks like wheat output will reach all-time high of 98 MT this year," said officials on the sidelines of an event at Vigyan Bhawan. The two-day long national conference is deliberating on how to increase foodgrain production in the next year and implement technology and new innovations in the farm sector

"The crop yields are better this year as weather condition during February-March remained favourable. There was no adverse temperature variation, which helped soil moisture to remain normal for crop growth," officials said. In view of the expected record output on the back of good monsoon, the Government is aiming to procure 30 MT of wheat at the support price.

At present, the new crop is being harvested in full swing. Already, Government agencies like FCI, have procured more than 10 MT grains from states like Punjab and Haryana. To ensure farmers get better price for their produce, the Government has restricted imports by reverting to a customs duty of 10 per cent on the grain.


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