India's foodgrain production hits record 250 million tonnes

Foodgrains production in India is estimated to have reached a record 250.42 million tonnes in 2011-12, up 18.35 million tonnes compared to 232.07 million tonnes in the previous year.

Wheat production is expected to have reached a record 88.31 million tonnes, pulses 17.28 million tonnes and cotton 34.09 million bales (of 170 kg. each) this year, as per second advance estimates of crop production released on Friday.

Total production of rice in the country is estimated at 102.75 million tones, which is an all-time record.

The record foodgrain production, resulting from the significant increases in the production of rice and wheat, has helped production levels to breach the target of 245 million tonnes fixed for the year.

The estimated production of foodgrains for the year is also higher by 5.64 million tonnes compared to the record foodgrain production of 244.78 million tonnes achieved last year.

Production of pulses and oilseeds is estimated at 17.28 million tonnes and 30.53 million tonnes, respectively.

Production of cotton, estimated at 34.09 million bales (of 170 kg bales), is also a new record.

Sugarcane production is estimated at 347.87 million tonnes, which is higher by 5.09 million tonnes compared to last year.
 
Foodgrain  Production (2011-12) second advance estimates

Crop
2011-12
2010-11 (final estimates)
Rice
102.75
95.98
Wheat
88.31
86.87
Coarse cereals
42.08
43.68
Pulses
17.28
18.24
Oilseeds
30.53
32.48
Sugarcane
347.87
342.38
Cotton (million bales)
34.09
33.00