STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 22 July
The country has achieved record pulse production of 18.45 million tons (MT) in the 2012-13 crop year ended June, but foodgrain output (both rice and wheat) has come down, largely due to poor monsoon in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
Officials said the foodgrain output fell by 1.5 per cent to 255.36 MT due to drought in some parts, while the data released by the Union agriculture ministry said the pulses production has been revised upwards to record 18.45 MT in 2012-13 as compared to 18 MT in the third estimates released in May. Pulses output stood at 17.09 MT in 2011-12.
The record pulses production augurs well for the country which is dependent on imports to meet the shortfall of around 3-4 MT.
“Higher supply will reduce imports and also prices,” sources said, adding the higher support price announced by the government has actually prompted farmers to grow pulses.
“As per the latest estimates, India has produced 255.36 MT of foodgrain during the 2012-13,” an official statement said.
In foodgrain category, rice production has been revised upward to 104.4 MT from 104.22 MT in the third estimates, while the rice output stood at 105.3 MT in 2011-12.
Coarse cereals production estimates has also been revised upwards to 40.06 MT in 2012-13 from 39.52 MT in the third estimate, but it is still lower than the previous year’s 42.01 MT.