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11 million-tonne-increase in kharif foodgrain production

New Delhi, Sep 23 (Calcutta Tube) The first advance estimates of production of major crops grown in the country in the kharif season, or autumn harvest, states that the total foodgrains production is likely to increase by about 11 million tonnes over the previous estimates.

‘The total foodgrains production is likely to be 114.63 million tonnes (MT) as compared to 103.84 MT in 2009-10 (fourth advance estimates). It represents an increase of about 11 MT over the last estimates,’ said an agriculture ministry statement Thursday.

‘Rice production in the country in the kharif season is likely to be 80.41 million tonnes as compared to 75.91 million tonnes in 2009-10 kharif. Production of kharif pulses is expected to be 6 million tonnes as against 4.30 million tonnes last kharif,’ it said.

The ministry said oilseeds production in the kharif season is likely to be 17.27 million tonnes as against 15.66 million tonnes last season.

‘Cotton production is estimated to be 335 lakh bales, up 96 lakh bales from last year’s estimates. Sugarcane production is estimated to be 324.91 million tonnes as against 277.75 million tonnes in 2009-10,’ the statement added.

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