Record rice harvest likely this kharif season: Govt

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 31 2013, 07:58am hrs
Indias rice production is likely to hit an all-time high in the ongoing kharif season on the back of a good monsoon, which has given a boost to the sowing area, minister of state for agriculture Tariq Anwar said on Tuesday.

The monsoon has been good so far this year. As per the reports received from the states, the sowing area is higher and it seems that this time we will set new records in foodgrain production during kharif, he said on the sidelines of Assochams Bio-Agri summit.

Rice production is also expected to be record in the kharif season, he added.

Earlier, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had also said the production of foodgrain in the kharif season could break all previous records.

For the kharif season, the all-time high foodgrain output stands at 131.27 million tonne in 2011-12.

However, the output fell in kharif last year because of drought in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The all-time high of rice output was also seen in 2011-12, at 92.78 mt.

Area under kharif crops, including paddy, had increased by 17.70% to 747.78 lakh hectare till last week. The acreage of paddy, a major kharif (summer-sown) crop, rose by 8.58% to 196.38 lakh hectare.

The sowing of the kharif (summer) crop begins with the onset of the southwest monsoon from June. The country had received an excess of 21% rainfall till last week.

The advancement of monsoon rains had also pushed area under pulses by 90% to 73.62 lakh hectare.

Similarly, area under coarse cereals has increased to 148.82 lakh hectare from 117.48 lakh hectare in the review period.