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Punjab, Haryana expect record wheat production PDF Print E-mail
Written by VEENA AHUJA   
Monday, 11 April 2011 00:00
Veena Ahuja
Chandigarh, April 10
Punjab and Haryana, the two states that together account for close to 70 per cent of wheat for the Central kitty to feed the nation are likely to produce a record 270 lakh tonnes of wheat this year as against 256 lakh tonnnes produced last year.
Last year, Punjab contributed the highest quantity of 10.17 million tonne of wheat to the central pool, while Haryana contributed 6.33 million tonne.
According to Agriculture Departments of the two states, this would be the record wheat production by both Punjab and Haryana. The agriculture departments of the two states have come out with estimates on the basis of area under wheat cultivation and wheat acreage in the two states. Area under wheat cultivation in Punjab in 2010-11 stands at 36 lakh hectares. It is 25 lakh hectares in neighbouring Haryana.  The crop has started arriving in the two states as wheat that is sown in November is harvested in April. Director General, Agriculture, Haryana, Ashok Kumar Yadav told here today that "the year 2011 would be quite fruitful for Haryana which is expecting a bumper wheat crop". Balwinder Singh Sidhu, director, Agriculture, Punjab said that "Punjab received better than normal rains this season which was good for wheat crop". And thanks to excellent whether and rains during January and February this year, Punjab is expecting a yield of 4,400 kg per hectare as against last year's yield of 4,370 kg per hectare. Haryana is also hoping a yield at 4,650 kg a hectare as against 4,213 kg last year. In other words, Punjab has projected wheat production of 155 lakh tonnes as against 151.69 lakh tonnes last season while
Haryana has set a target to 114.62 lakh tonnes as against 105 lakh tonnes produced last year. Sources said that in view of a bumper crop, the FCI along with other agencies would hike procurement targets by 16 per cent to a new high of 26 million tonne as against 22.52 million tonne of wheat procured last year. The total wheat production in the country is pegged at 84.27 MT which would be "highest ever wheat produced as the previous record was 80.8 MT of wheat production achieved in 2009-10".
 Punjab and Haryana, the two states that together account for close to 70 per cent of wheat for the Central kitty to feed the nation are likely to produce a record 270 lakh tonnes of wheat this year as against 256 lakh tonnnes produced last year. Last year, Punjab contributed the highest quantity of 10.17 million tonne of wheat to the central pool, while Haryana contributed 6.33 million tonne. According to Agriculture Departments of the two states, this would be the record wheat production by both Punjab and Haryana. The agriculture departments of the two states have come out with estimates on the basis of area under wheat cultivation and wheat acreage in the two states. Area under wheat cultivation in Punjab in 2010-11 stands at 36 lakh hectares. It is 25 lakh hectares in neighbouring Haryana.  The crop has started arriving in the two states as wheat that is sown in November is harvested in April. Director General, Agriculture, Haryana, Ashok Kumar Yadav told here today that "the year 2011 would be quite fruitful for Haryana which is expecting a bumper wheat crop". Balwinder Singh Sidhu, director, Agriculture, Punjab said that "Punjab received better than normal rains this season which was good for wheat crop". And thanks to excellent whether and rains during January and February this year, Punjab is expecting a yield of 4,400 kg per hectare as against last year's yield of 4,370 kg per hectare. Haryana is also hoping a yield at 4,650 kg a hectare as against 4,213 kg last year. In other words, Punjab has projected wheat production of 155 lakh tonnes as against 151.69 lakh tonnes last season while Haryana has set a target to 114.62 lakh tonnes as against 105 lakh tonnes produced last year. Sources said that in view of a bumper crop, the FCI along with other agencies would hike procurement targets by 16 per cent to a new high of 26 million tonne as against 22.52 million tonne of wheat procured last year. The total wheat production in the country is pegged at 84.27 MT which would be "highest ever wheat produced as the previous record was 80.8 MT of wheat production achieved in 2009-10".
 
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