An additional one million hectares have been brought under wheat sowing this year, Singh said. So far, the weather has been conducive and if it does not get unusually warm, we will have a bountiful output. In the current season, farmers have sown wheat on 27.55 million hectares, buoyed by higher prices of the cereal.
India, the worlds second-largest wheat producer, grows only one crop of the grain in a year. Sowing is in the winter months of November and December and the harvest takes place from March. The country normally grows wheat on around 26 million hectares, mainly in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana, and the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
Lower output last year forced India to import 5.5 million tonne of the grain to shore up depleted buffer stocks.