Agriculture minister says record foodgrains output of 235.88 million tonnes in 2010-11

Ministry revises harvest figure upwards from February estimates; should help ease food inflation

New Delhi: The country harvested a record 235.88 million tonnes (MT) of foodgrains in the 2010-11 crop year ended June, helped by all-time high output of wheat and pulses, the government announced today.

Economists feel that the higher foodgrain production will help ease food inflation, which stood at 9.5% for the week ended 19th March.

"The third advance estimate figures are available with me, which show an all-time record production of foodgrains at 235.88 million tonnes. Wheat at 84.27 million tonnes and pulses at 17.29 million tonnes are also the highest recorded production ever," agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said at the Kharif Conference to plan the next crop year.

The agriculture ministry has revised upward the estimates for foodgrain production to 235.88 million tonnes (MT) in the third advance estimates for 2010-11 from 232.07 MT in the second advance estimates released in February.

Thanks to a good monsoon, foodgrain production this year was nearly 18 MT higher than the 218.11 MT achieved in 2009-10 that was affected by drought. The previous record was 234.47 MT in 2008-09. In the foodgrains basket, the ministry has upped the production estimates for wheat, rice, pulses and coarse cereals.

"The benefit of higher foodgrain production is already showing in food inflation. The announcement of bumper crop would help further ease pressure on food prices," said DK Joshi, principal economist with credit rating agency Crisil.

According to the third advance estimates, wheat output has risen by 3 MT from the February projection to a record 84.27 MT. The earlier record was 80.8 MT in 2009-10.

Similarly, pulses output has been upped by nearly one million tonnes from the second advance estimate to a record 17.29 MT this year. Last year, pulses production stood at 14.66 MT, while the all-time record of 14.91 million tonnes was achieved in 2003-04.

While rice production has been revised upward marginally to 94.11 MT in 2010-11 from the second advance estimate, it is much higher than last year's output of 89.09 MT.

Coarse cereals production, too, has been revised slightly upward to 40.21 MT in 2010-11 from the earlier estimate. Last year's production stood at 33.55 MT.

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