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India’s Food-Grain Harvest Seen Rising to Record on Monsoon Rain

India, the world’s second-biggest grower of rice and wheat, may produce a record quantity of food grains in the 2013-14 season as planting expands after monsoon rains covered the entire nation early, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said.

The “current year is good for agriculture,” Pawar said today at a meeting of officials and farm scientists in New Delhi to discuss plans for winter-sown crops. “Almost all parts of the country have received very good rainfall. The initial estimates are always conservative.” Food-grain output reached an all-time high of 259.29 million metric tons in 2011-12, according to farm ministry data.