India achieved a record production of 18.45 million tonnes of pulses in the 2012-13 crop year ended June 2013. This augurs well for the country which is dependent on imports to meet the shortfall of around 3 to 4 million tonnes. Higher support price prompted farmers to grow pulses. According to the 4th advance estimates released today, overall foodgrain production is projected at 255.36 million tonnes, which is lower than the record 259.29 million tonnes achieved in the previous crop year.
In foodgrains category, rice production has been revised upward to 104.4 million tonnes from 104.22 million tonnes and coarse cereals to 40.06 million tonnes from 39.52 million tonnes in the third estimates. However, wheat output has been revised downward to 92.46 million tonnes from 93.62 million tonnes.
When: At the end of June 2013.