India sets 2016-17 foodgrains production target at 270.10 million tonnes

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Anticipating the best monsoon in two decades, India has raised its foodgrains in 2016-17 to an ambitious 270.10 million tonnes, a government statement said.

It quoted Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh as saying that the target for rice production was set at 108.50 million tonnes, while the target for wheat was 96.50 million tonnes.

The target for all kinds of pulses was fixed at 20.75 million tonnes and 35 million tonnes for oilseed.

The government expected foodgrains production in 2015-16 to come in at 252.23 million despite two consecutive droughts.

India is expecting a strong monsoon season this year after the end of the dreaded El Nino weather phenomenon that had parched the country where agriculture, which provides livelihood to nearly 50 percent of the population, is mainly rain fed.

 

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