January 19, 2010


India wheat output to rise on cold spell


Wheat output in India is likely to rise in the current fiscal year due to cold weather prevailing in the country's northern region, Sharad Pawar, the federal agriculture minister, said Monday (Jan 18).


Being the world's second-largest wheat producer by output, India had a bumper wheat harvest of 80.58 million tonnes in the fiscal year that ended March 2009.


Pawar said this fiscal year's output may be better as the temperature is conducive for the crop, but he didn't give any estimate of the expected rise.


The federal government had, however, earlier said it expected wheat output to rise by 2 million tonnes. 

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