Delhi,9 July:Wheat production in the just concluded rabi season has crossed 78 million tonnes. With this, the total foodgrain production for 2007-08 has reached over 230 million tonnes.
As per the 4th Advance Estimates of production of major crops grown in the country, a large number of crops have seen record production. Many estimates of the 3rd Advance Estimates have been revised upwards based on feedback received from the States and validated with the information available from other sources.
The following crops have registered a record production during 2007-08:
Ø Foodgrains – 230.67 million tonnes
· Rice – 96.43 million tonnes
· Wheat – 78.40 million tonnes
· Coarse Cereals – 40.73 million tonnes
· Maize – 19.31 million tonnes
· Pulses – 15.11 million tonnes
· Tur – 3.09 million tonnes
· Urad – 1.52 million tonnes
· Moong – 1.56 million tonnes
Ø Oilseeds – 28.82 million tonnes
· Soyabean – 9.99 million tonnes
· Groundnut – 9.36 million tonnes
Ø Cotton – 25.81 million bales of 170 kg each.
As compared to 2006-07, rice production is estimated to increase by about 3 million tonnes, wheat by 2.6 million tonne, coarse cereals by 6.8 million tonnes (mainly contributed by maize and bajra) and pulses by about 1 million tonne during 2007-08. The oilseeds production is estimated to increase by 4.5 million tonnes (mainly contributed by groundnut and soyabean) and cotton by about 3 million bales during 2007-08 over 2006-07.
The estimated production of various crops as per the 4th Advance Estimates for 2007-08 vis-à-vis Final Estimates for 2006-07 are given in the Annexure.