New Delhi: The government yesterday estimated the
country''s production of kharif foodgrains during 2004-05
at 100.29 million tonnes (mt), against last year''s corresponding
level of 112. 04 mt.
then output of kharif rice has fallen from 73.92 mt to
71.1 mt, production of kharif coarse cereals and pulses
are also expected to be lower at 24.5 mt (31.79 mt) and
4.69 mt (6.33 mt), respectively.
union food and agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar, was,
however, optimistic that the 10.5 per cent decline in
overall kharif foodgrain output would be substantially
offset by higher production in the ensuing rabi season.
Addressing press persons, he said that rabi foodgrain
output would touch 125-135 mt, compared to last year''s
100.01 mt. As a result, total output during 2004-05 would
end up "well above" the previous year''s 212.05
said that the government will announce the minimum support
price (MSP) for rabi crops "within the next week,"
which would give farmers adequate time to make informed
sowing decisions. Late
monsoon rains, he said, had left behind sufficient moisture
in the soil, which would considerably enhance rabi production