New Delhi, Jul 23: The country has achieved a record pulses production of 18.45 million tonnes (MT) in the 2012-13 crop year ended June, while foodgrain output fell by 1.5 per cent to 255.36 MT due to drought in some states last year.
The Agriculture Ministry yesterday released the fourth advance estimates of foodgrain production for 2012-13.
Pulses output has been revised upward to record 18.45 MT in 2012-13 as compared with 18 MT in the third estimates released in May. Pulses output stood at 17.09 MT in 2011-12.
The record pulses production augurs well for the country which is depended on imports to meet the shortfall of around 3-4 MT. Higher supply will reduce imports and also prices. Higher support price prompted farmers to grow pulses.
"As per the latest estimates, India has produced 255.36 MT of foodgrains during the 2012-13," an official statement said.
The foodgrains output is same as it was in the third estimate, but it is lower than the record 259.29 MT achieved in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June).
In foodgrains category, rice production has been revised upward to 104.4 MT from 104.22 MT in the third estimates. However, rice output is lower than 105.3 MT in 2011-12.
Coarse cereals production estimates has also been revised upward at 40.06 MT in 2012-13 from 39.52 MT in the third estimate, but it is still lower than the previous year's 42.01 MT.
However, wheat output has been revised downward to 92.46 MT from 93.62 MT in the third estimate. Production stood at record 94.88 MT in 2011-12.
Foodgrains output in 2012-13 is lower than previous year due to poor monsoon in Maharasthra, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
However, the production is expected to rebound this year as the country is currently receiving good monsoon and sowing area has exceeded last year's level so far.