Releasing its latest estimate of food-grain production for the crop year 2013-14 ended in June, the agriculture ministry said, "India has produced 264.77 million tones of food-grain this year as compared to 257.13 million tones in the previous year."
Therevised production figures of rice, wheat, maize and coarse cereals could give a sense of relief to the government at the time when it has been on its toes with its contingency plan to ward off expected deficit in production during 2014-15.
Sowing of Kharif crops, however, showed a steady increase with improvement of rains. But the total sown area is still less than the corresponding period last year.
The ministry in its latest estimate revised the wheat production to 95.91 MT as against 95.85 MT in the previous estimated released in May. Similarly, rice output has been raised to 106.54 MT from 106.29 MT. The revised production took into account Kharif crops of the year 2013 and Rabi crops of the year 2013-14.