Wheat output may touch record level of over 76 MT

New Delhi, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 06:15am hrs
The country may harvest over 76 million tonne of wheat this season, if the current weather conditions remain favourable for the next three weeks, a top official said. If weather conditions remain favourable, wheat production may touch the record level, Union agriculture secretary PK Mishra told reporters.

India recorded the highest production of 76.37 million tonne of wheat in 1999-2000. Mishra, said the weather conditions till the third week of March is very crucial for wheat, which requires a mean temperature of 20 degree Celsius.

Except in Haryana, the mean temperature in most of the wheat growing states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is normal for the crop, agriculture commissioner NB Sing said. The temperature at some places in Haryana had gone up to 29 degree Celsius for two days last week, which may impact the wheat crop, Singh added.

Overall, the prospect of wheat output is very good, the agriculture secretary said.

We have been monitoring the temperature in the wheat growing areas. It is within the normal, prescribed for wheat crop, although the temperature has increased from what it was two weeks earlier. It will be not less than 3% when the final figures come, Mishra said.

PTI