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India to produce record 272 million tonnes food grains in 2016/17
February 15, 2017 / 12:26 PM / 7 months ago

India to produce record 272 million tonnes food grains in 2016/17

A boy walks through a paddy field on a foggy morning on the outskirts of Srinagar, November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismaill/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s food grains production in 2016/17 is expected to rise by 8.1 percent from a year ago to a record high 271.98 million tonnes as good monsoon rains improved yields, the country’s farm ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The country’s production of wheat is likely to rise by 4.7 percent from a year ago to 96.64 million tonnes, while pulses production will rise to 22.14 million tonnes, it said.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath

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