Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:45:00 GMT | By The Hindu Business Line

Rain lashes wheat-growing areas, still record output seen

The country may this year produce a record harvest of 96 million tonnes of wheat despite erratic weather in isolated parts of northern States


Rain lashes wheat-growing areas, still record output seen (© PTI)

New Delhi: Erratic weather has affected the standing wheat crop in isolated pockets of northern States, but still the country may produce a record harvest of 96 million tonnes this year. “The recent scattered rains accompanied by thunderstorms has affected about 2-3 per cent of the wheat crop area. However, the output would still be higher than last year at around 96 mt as temperature has largely been favourable for the crop,” said Indu Sharma, Director of the Karnal-based Directorate of Wheat Research. Wheat production stood at a record 93.9 mt last year.

Wheat has been planted in over 298 million hectares this year, almost the same as last year. In recent days, major wheat growing States such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and even Madhya Pradesh have received scattered rain and thunderstorms due to western disturbance. On Thursday, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and its surrounding areas received rains.

“Rains are not desirable at this stage,” Sharma said adding the standing crop has been hit in some isolated areas that have reported water-logging in these States. For the crop that’s ready to harvest, the rain would affect the quality of the grains as they could lose lustre.

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