Unseasonal rains wont impact wheat output in North

Written by Sandip Das | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 31 2009, 06:03am hrs
The unseasonal rains in northern India during the weekend wont have much of an impact on the standing wheat crop because much of the harvest has been already completed. Instead, the rains might in fact lower the day temperatures in some parts, and help 10%-15% of the late sown wheat crop.

Rains do sometimes impact mature wheat crop, but as because most of the crop in Punjab and Haryana has already been harvested it should not adversely impact the output, said Jag Shoran, project director of Karnal-based directorate of wheat research. He added that there is no cause for panic and the country is poised to harvest another good output in 2009-10.

In 2008, the wheat production was a record 78.57 million tonne and according to Shoran, there is no reason why the production should not exceed 78 million tonne this year. The wheat production in 2007 was to the tune of 75.81 million tonne.

According to ministry of agriculture estimate, the wheat production this year is expected to be 77.78 million tonne just a little below last year yield.

Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains lashed some parts of northern India during the weekend putting a question mark on the standing wheat crop most of which is already harvested and lying in the fields.

A bumper wheat output should compel the government to ease the two-year long curb on exports faster than anticipated, but at the same time would pressure immense pressure on state-run granaries, which are saddled with huge food grains inventories.

2009 will be another year of bumper harvest, said Jag Shoran. States such as Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat contribute significant portion of countrys wheat production

He added that foodgrains production in Uttar Pradesh, a key wheat and paddy producing state would be around 32.1 million tonne, up from last years 29.1 million tonne.