New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) Union Agriculture and Cooperation Secretary P K Mishra today said he is confident of achieving the production target of 75.5 million tonnes of wheat fixed by the Government.
He stated this in a meeting held to review wheat crop prospects in the ongoing Rabi season.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretaries (Agriculture)/ Directors of Agriculture of eight major wheat growing States- Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
On the basis of the presentation made by the States, it was revealed that the wheat crop prospects looked satisfactory in terms of area coverage and the likely production.
As compared to the normal wheat area of about 26 million hactres, the coverage during 2007-08 is expected to touch 27.5 million hactres. This would be marginally less (about 0.5 million) than the all time record of 2006-07 of 28.04 million hactres.
Crop area is lost due to moisture stress and initial higher temperature in Madhya Pradesh (Gwalior, Rewa and Sagar Divisions), Uttar Pradesh (Bundelkhand region) and rainfed areas of Rajasthan.
The States of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Bihar have reported to cover together about two lakh hactres more area under wheat during 2007-08 as compared to 2006-07.
The farmers especially of Punjab and Haryana responded favourably to increased Minimum Support Price of Wheat with higher coverage under the crop.
State governments were of the opinion that the prevailing favourable climatic conditions and the interventions of National Food Security Mission especially inducing substantial higher consumption of quality seeds and nutrients would result in higher productivity and production.
They were confident that if the current weather conditions continue favourably as required by the wheat crop, there would be no problem in achieving the production target of 75.5 million tones fixed by the Government.