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India Food Output Target Up by 1 million Tonnes

20 May 2014

INDIA - India is likely to produce 264.38 million tonnes of food grains during 2013-14 (includes kharif 2013 and rabi 2013-14 crops), according to the Indian agriculture ministry, writes Jagdish Kumar.

In the earlier estimates (2nd Advance Estimates) released by the agriculture ministry in February 2014, the total food grain production was pegged at 263.2 million tonne.

The current production estimates is 7 million tonnes higher than the production last year. During 2012-13, food production was recorded at 257.13 million tonnes last year.

Rice production is expected at record106.29 million tonne and wheat production is expected to reach 95.85 million tonnes, again a record, the statement said.

The ministry said that record production has also been achieved in the case of tur (3.38 million tonne), gram (9.93 million tonnes), maize (24.19 million tonnes), all pulses put together (19.57 million tonne) and jute (10.82 million bales).

The data showed total oilseeds production is estimated to be around 32 million tonnes, up from 31 million tonnes in 2012-13.

However, soybean meal declined to 11.95 million tonnes, as compared to 14.66 million tonnes produced during the 2012-13.

Cotton production also recorded 3 million bales, which stood at 37 million bales in 2013-14, against 34 million bales last year (1 bale=170 kg), whereas sugarcane output stood at 348 million tonnes, up from 341 million tonnes last year.

As of May 1, the government has around 67 million tonnes of food grain stock, of which wheat was around 34 million tonnes.

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