The recent rains and hailstorms in key growing States have not affected the wheat crop and the output might cross 100 million tonnes, an all-time-high level, in the current rabi season, said a senior officical of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR).
Sowing of wheat, the main rabi (winter) crop, is almost complete and the acreage under the crop has reached 298.47 lakh hectares till last week, slightly lower than 299.84 lh in the year-ago period, according to the official data.
Wheat production stood at a record 99.70 mt in the 2017-18 crop year (July-June).
“No negative impact of rains on the wheat crop reported so far. There may be some minor impact in patches. However, the majority of the crop is in good condition,” the official said.
“Wheat sowing is complete. The acreage under the crop is slightly lower than the year-ago period, but we expect higher yields and overall production will definitely cross 100 million tonnes,” the official said.