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Wheat output may touch all time high of 100MT this yr:Agri Sec

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The country's production is expected to touch an all-time of over 100 million tonnes in the current 2017-18 crop year (July-June) due to likely increase in acreage and yields, S K said today.

In the 2016-17 crop year, production had reached a record 98.36 million tonnes. The previous high was 95.85 million tonnes in 2013-14.

The has kept a target of 97.50 million tonnes output for the current year. Sowing of wheat, the main rabi (winter) crop, begins from October and harvesting from March.

"Rabi sowing is progressing well. We are hoping wheat production to touch over 100 million tonnes this year," told

Wheat acreage is lower so far, but the area will be covered up. Sowing got delayed as fields were not free for planting of the wheat crop, he said.

The said the wheat acreage is lower largely in However, the sowing window is till January-end, so it will be covered.

"The UP has said the wheat acreage will be covered because weather is conducive and has enthused planting," he added.

As per the ministry's data, area sown to wheat remained lower by 4.77 per cent at 283.46 lakh hectare till last week of the rabi season compared to 297.67 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

Besides UP, less coverage of wheat was reported in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and till last week of the season, the data showed. Wheat is sown in an average area of 201.74 lakh hectare.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:45 IST