The monsoon rainfall in 2011 was above normal in all the major regions in the country. As per Indian Meteorology Department, rainfall during June–September 2011 at the overall level, was 2 per cent above the long period average. Moreover, the temperature conditions in the rabi season helped raise wheat harvest dramatically. Besides these enabling environmental conditions of nature, a number of policy measures have also had positive impact on crop output. The focus on improving production conditions in the Eastern region may have helped realise the he increase in rice production 2011–12.

June 2012

The monsoon rainfall in 2011 was above normal in all the major regions in the country. As per Indian Meteorology Department, rainfall during June–September 2011 at the overall level, was 2 per cent above the long period average. Moreover, the temperature conditions in the rabi season helped raise wheat harvest dramatically. Besides these enabling environmental conditions of nature, a number of policy measures have also had positive impact on crop output. The focus on improving production conditions in the Eastern region may have helped realise the he increase in rice production 2011–12. Even as Indian agriculture witnessed record foodgrain output last year, inflationary pressures in the food sector have continued to signal the need for attention to those segments of commodities where marketing and technology development need to keep pace with the rising demand for these commodities. Vegetables, pulses, oilseeds and milk have remained vulnerable to price rise although rice and wheat stocks with the government point to easy supply conditions in these key cereals. The latest official estimates, 3rd Advance Estimates for 2011–12 place foodgrain output at 252.56 million tonnes as compared to the harvest of 244.78 million tonnes in 2010–11.:

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