Surge in wheat and oilseeds' output but pulses a concern

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:59 hrs

pSowing of wheat oilseeds and pulses the three major rabi crops saw a strong upward trend during the week ending December 7 making up for much of the shortage so far in this regard However overall output of pulses could be affected because of the late revival of rainppAccording to the latest data from the agriculture ministry wheat has been sown on 1833 million hectares till Thursday 016 million hectares more than the corresponding period of last year and 062 million hectares more than the normal area defined as average sown in the past five yearsppThe big boost has come from Madhya Pradesh emerging as a major producer The data showed wheat had been planted on 388 million hectares till last week almost 18 per cent more than the same period last year Usually wheat sowing takes place on 42 million hectares in MP during the season In 2011-12 the state produced a record 12 million tonnes of wheat marginally behind Haryana &mdash till now the latter and Punjab were the only ones termed the country&rsquos &lsquowheat bowl&rsquo Overall farmers produced an all-time high of 94 million tonnes of wheat last yearpp br br Officials said if this trend continued and the weather remained benign MP could produce another bumper harvest The general rise in sowing also means that freezing the wheat MSP at the 2011-12 level has not discouraged growers as was being anticipatedppIn pulses the area sown has shown remarkable improvement in recent weeks as of Thursday it was just 100000 hectares less than last year Still experts are worried about the final output &ldquoPulses are predominantly sown in rainfed areas and so if there is late revival in showers as has happened this year the final production does suffer&rdquo said Ramesh Chand director of the National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research Till Thursday pulses were sown on 1161 million hectares as against 1171 million hectares last year Output during the kharif season was estimated at 526 million tonnes 334 per cent less than last yearppstrongPTI addsstrong The yields of major crops including rice oilseeds sugarcane and cotton fell by up to six per cent during the kharif season compared with the previous season due to delayed rains said an agriculture ministry officialppIndia annually produces 17-18 million tonnes of pulses bulk of which is in the rabi season If pulses output falls this year on account of low rainfall during the first two months of the southwest monsoon the import bill would rise India imports two to four million tonnes annually of pulsesppOilseeds had been planted on 719 million hectares till Thursday 54000 hectares more than last year Mustard is the oilseed grown most widely during rabippIn all crops were sown on 4206 million hectares till Thursday The previous total for the entire season was 6137 million hectaresp

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