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India expects record grain harvest

06 April 1999
India expects record grain harvest

INDIA expects to harvest a record crop of food-grains this year – up more than 4% on last year.

The crop of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals is forecast to total 200.8m tonnes, according to the agriculture ministry.

The ministry believes the winter crops being harvested between now and May will post record rice and pulse production.

Commercial crops including sugar cane and oil-seeds are also forecast to show gains.

The combination of summer and winter crops are estimated to show a record 84.5m tonne rice crop.

Output of wheat is expected to reach 70.6m tonnes, a 7% rise on a year earlier and also a record.

Despite these increases, growth rates are failing to keep pace with population growth, according to the Investment Research and Information Services (IRIS) think-tank.

IRIS estimates that per capita availability of food grains slipped in 1998 to its lowest level in recent years.

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  • India expects record grain harvest. FWi, 03 September 1998.

    • Financial Times 06/04/99 page 26

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    India expects record grain harvest

    03 September 1998
  • India expects record grain harvest

    FAVOURABLE weather and a rise in the land under cultivation is expected to push India to a record food grain production of 207 million tonnes this year, according to official estimates.

    That figure compares with 194m last season and the previous record of 199.3m tonnes in 1996-97.

    The final figure for this years crop still depends on the monsoon but agriculture ministry officials report that 32 of 35 meteorological subdivisions in India have received normal or more than normal rain.

    Rice has so far been sown over 28m hectares (69m acres), up 800,000 hectares over last season.

    If the bumper harvest does materialise the government will maintain a large buffer stock to hold price rises.

    • Financial Times 03/09/98 page 36
    • Read more on:
    • News

    India expects record grain harvest

    03 September 1998
  • India expects record grain harvest

    FAVOURABLE weather and a rise in the land under cultivation is expected to push India to a record food grain production of 207 million tonnes this year, according to official estimates.

    That figure compares with 194m last season and the previous record of 199.3m tonnes in 1996-97.

    The final figure for this years crop still depends on the monsoon but agriculture ministry officials report that 32 of 35 meteorological subdivisions in India have received normal or more than normal rain.

    Rice has so far been sown over 28m hectares (69m acres), up 800,000 hectares over last season.

    If the bumper harvest does materialise the government will maintain a large buffer stock to hold price rises.

    • Financial Times 03/09/98 page 36
    • Read more on:
    • News
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