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UPA leaves behind some good news: foodgrain output revised up to a record 264.38m tonnes

New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) The United Progressive Alliance government on Friday revised upwards the foodgrain production estimates by over 1 million tonne to a record 264.38 million tonnes for the 2013-14 crop year on account of record wheat and rice output.

“India is likely to produce 264.38 million tonnes of foodgrains during 2013-14 compared to 257.13 million tonnes last year,” the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement while releasing the 3rd Advance Estimates of crop production in the 2013-14 crop year (July-June).

In the second advance estimates, released in February, the total foodgrain production was seen at 263.2m tonnes.

The good monsoon last year helped achieve record output in many crops.

“Rice production is expected at record 106.29 million tonnes and wheat production is expected to reach 95.85 million tonnes, again a record,” the statement said.

In the previous crop year, rice production was 105.24m tonnes and wheat 93.51m tonnes.

Record production has also been achieved in the case of tur (3.38m tonnes), gram (9.93m tonnes), maize (24.19m tonnes), all pulses put together (19.57m tonnes), cotton (36.50 million bales) and jute (10.82 million bales).

Previous production records in total foodgrains, rice and wheat were achieved in the 2011-12 crop year at 259.32m tonnes, 105.31m tonnes and 94.88m tonnes respectively.