Rice production in 2010 to be more than '09: Pawar
However, Pawar informed that production could be lower than his initial expectation of 100 million tonnes.
"This year (2010), monsoon has been good. Because of deficient rain in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, the production of paddy may not be that good as initially I was expecting," stated Pawar.
India"s rice production declined to 89.13 million tonnes in the 2009-10 crop year from a record 99.18 million tonnes in the previous year on account of a severe drought in 2009 that hit almost half of the country.