New Delhi: In what could be seen as a good tiding for the government, the production of pulses, wheat and oilseeds may spiral up this year, which could decrease their import dependency.

For the first time after independence, the country is estimated to harvest all-time high record of 173 million tonnes of pulses. Similarly, there is a bumper wheat crop, which is estimated to be 8.42 crore tonnes.

Releasing the figures of estimate of Rabi crops, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said, “The foodgrain production in the current Rabi season shows an all-time record output at 23.58 crore tonnes.”

The government is surprised with the pulse production estimates. Before this, the all-time record of 1.49 crore tonnes was achieved in 2003-04, said Pawar. 

Amongst the record of 1.73 crore tonnes of pulse output, 31.5 million tonnes of Arhar, 18.5 million tonnes of Urad and 13.7 million tonnes of Moong are estimated to be harvested.

Earlier, the lower pulse production led to over 20-30 million tonnes imports annually for meeting the household demand.

The high demand of oilseeds escalated the import dependency. However, the oilseed production in the current Rabi season has touched the new heights with output estimated to be 3.03 crore tonnes.

In a similar fashion, the cotton has recorded highest production in the current Rabi season. As per the estimates, the cotton yarn output is 3.39 crore. 

JPN/ Bureau