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India’s wheat production may cross record 100 MT in 2018-19

18 February 20191 min reading

India’s wheat production might cross 100 million tons, an all-time high level, in the current rabi season, helped by good weather conditions during winter, a senior government official said. Wheat production stood at record 99.70 million tons in the 2017-18 crop year (July-June). “Wheat production is estimated to cross 100 million tons based on the feedback we are getting from state governments,” Agriculture Commissioner S K Malhotra told reporters. He was speaking on the sidelines of the National Conference on Agriculture Zaid/Summer Campaign 2019. Malhotra said weather condition has been conducive this winter for wheat, a major rabi crop. Wheat output is expected to rise despite fall of around 8 lakh hectare in wheat area to 296 lakh hectare so far this rabi season. The government had increased the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat to Rs 1,840 per quintal from Rs 1,735 per quintal, as part of its decision to fix the support price at least 1.5 times of the production cost.

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