India could achieve a record rice production of 100 million tonnes in 2010-11 crop year on the back of better monsoon this year, a top agriculture ministry official said on Friday.
The country's rice production declined to 89.13 million tonnes in 2009-10 crop year (July-June) from record 99.18 million tonnes in the previous year due to severe drought that affected almost half of the country.
"As we get some rice during Rabi season also and going by good rains in August and September, we can reach 100 million tonnes," Agriculture Secretary P K Basu told reporters.
He noted that so far rains have been conducive and sowing area in all crops, including paddy, are better than last two years. Paddy acreage so far is higher by 12 lakh hectares than last year at 169.71 lakh hectares.
"We have had two major thrust programmes on eastern region of the country (paddy growing areas) and pulses sector. Therefore, I see no reason why production won't be good," he said.
Asked whether the country can achieve a record foodgrains production in 2010-11, Basu said: "There is no stage now for estimation of foodgrain production. But going by sowing, it should make us reach our targets".
In 2009-10, the country's foodgrains production dropped to 218.2 million tonnes from a record 234.47 million tonnes in the previous year.
The secretary said that pulses acreage had also gone up and therefore the scenario looked positive, though he pointed out that some districts were bound to have some problems as India is a big country.