India expects record wheat crop
Monday 13 September 2010
India, the world's second-largest wheat producer, said Friday it expects this year's wheat output to total a record 82 million tonnes as the country grapples with a grain storage problem.
India produced a record 80.71 million tonnes of wheat in the 2009-10 crop year, which runs from July to June, despite the worst drought in nearly four decades.
"If there is no terminal heat this year, output is expected to be 82 million tonnes," Agriculture Secretary P K Basu told the Press Trust of India.
Wheat output would be helped by India's bountiful monsoon, which has filled reservoirs to the brink, ensuring plentiful irrigation for the winter-sown crop, he said.
Basu did not comment on media speculation that record output could prompt the government to lift a ban on wheat exports as it grapples with problems storing the 60 million tons of wheat it already has in stock.
India's media has reported large-scale spoilage of grains due to insufficient warehouse storage space.
India had to import about seven million tonnes of wheat in 2006 and 2007 after poor harvests and has banned exports of wheat since early 2007 to boost domestic availability but now is dealing with a problem of plenty.
The Supreme Court ordered the government in August to distribute excess grain to the poor, saying it was "a crime to waste even a grain of food" as long as people were hungry.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh replied this week the government would do all it could to provide affordable food to the poor but that it was "not possible in this country to give free food to all the poor people."
Analysts say massive investment is needed to modernise India's food supply chain and sharply reduce wastage.
Life & Style blogs
Report finds English children among the unhappiest in world
Sheridan Le Fanu: Google Doodle marks birthday of Irish writer
The ALS Association doesn't yet know what to do with all this ice bucket challenge money
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
- 1 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 4 Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
- 5 Hello Kitty is not a cat after all
- < Previous
- Next >
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - An excellent new instruction w...
£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Server Developer SQL, PHP, C#, Real Time,...
£600 per day: Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer C#, Win Forms, WPF, WCF, MVVM...