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Foodgrain output to fall 3.5%

New Delhi, Feb. 8 (PTI): The country’s foodgrain production is estimated to decline 3.5 per cent to 250 million tonnes in the 2012-13 crop year as poor rains have hit rice and coarse cereal crops. However, the government said the output would be enough to meet the demand.

A record 259.32 million tonnes were produced in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June).

“This year, we have crossed 250 million tonnes, irrespective of the drought in some districts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and parts of Karnataka,” agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said.

This year’s production is sufficient to meet the domestic demand, he added.

According to the agriculture ministry’s second advance estimate of foodgrain production for the 2012-13 crop year, rice output is expected to fall to 101.8 million tonnes in 2012-13 from 105.31 million tonnes in the previous year.

Wheat output is estimated at 92.3 million tonnes in 2012-13, lower from 94.88 million tonnes in the previous year.

Coarse cereals production is seen to decline to 38.47 million tonnes from 42.04 million tonnes in the previous year.

 
 
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