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India Set for Record Harvest as Timely Rainfall Boosts Crops

  • Food grain output seen at 270.1 million tons, ministry says
  • Monsoon-sown pulses production expected to increase 48%
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India is set for record production of food grain this year after timely monsoon rain encouraged farmers to plant rice, corn and pulses across a larger area, Farm Minister Radha Mohan Singh said.

The government has set a food grain harvest target of 270.1 million metric tons for the crop year that began on July 1, compared with 252.2 million tons a year earlier, Singh said in New Delhi on Thursday. The area under monsoon-sown crops climbed to 105.45 million hectares (260.6 million acres) as of Sept. 9, compared with 101.24 million hectares a year earlier, according to Agriculture Ministry data.