"The state is expecting an estimated wheat production of over 190 lakh tonnes. With this, the state would be able to surpass Punjab in the production of wheat," state's farmer welfare and agriculture development department director, Dr D N Sharma said.

The farmers had sown wheat a bit in advance due to more than adequate rains, he said, adding that the production will also be helped by the intense cold prevailing now.

Last year, wheat was sown on 54 lakh hectares which led to production of 161.25 lakh tonnes of wheat. This year there is a target to sow wheat on 57 lakh hectares of land, Sharma said.

(Agencies)

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