Kharif Crop Har­vest May Sur­pass Last Year’s Out­put

The Economic Times - - Economy: Macro, Micro & More -

Food­grain out­put in the on­go­ing 2017-18 kharif sea­son is likely to sur­pass last year’s record of 138.04 mil­lion tonnes due to higher acreage and good mon­soon for the sec­ond straight year, agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary Shob­hana K Pat­tanayak said on Sun­day. So far, more than 80% of the sow­ing of kharif crops — paddy, pulses, oilseeds, cot­ton, sug­ar­cane and jute — has been com­pleted and the plant­ing will con­tinue in some parts till next month, Pat­tanayak told PTI in an in­ter­view. About 19 lakh hectare of crop area has been af­fected by floods across the coun­try, he said.

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