NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will produce around 75 million tonnes of wheat in 2008, in line with earlier forecasts and unchanged from last year, if the weather in February and March is favourable, a top farm official said on Monday.
“We will be able to achieve the expected production level of wheat but this will be subject to the temperatures in February and March,” Farm Secretary P.K. Mishra told Reuters in an interview.
“We still feel it is possible to achieve 75 million tonnes,” Mishra said, which would be a shade higher than the 74.9 million tonnes harvested in 2007.
But he said the area under rapeseed has fallen due to a lack of soil moisture in some growing areas and production might drop by around 500,000 tonnes from last year’s figure.
Trade officials say India produced around 5.8 million tonnes of rapeseed last year.
India harvests two oilseed crops annually but only one of rapeseed, which is sown from October-November and harvested from February.