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Govt sees record kharif pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereal output

The country is likely to harvest a record production of pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals in this year's kharif season on higher acreage under these crops so far despite the prediction of a deficient monsoon.

Govt hikes pulses MSP sharply to boost output, check prices

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 50 to Rs 1,410 per quintal for this year.

Paddy sowing up 21% so far this kharif season

Foodgrains production is estimated to have declined by 5.25 percent to 251.12 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year due to poor monsoon and unseasonal rain in last two months.

Foodgrains output projected to fall by 10% in Kharif: Pawar

However, the government expects to make up for the decline in output during the Rabi season (winter sown crop).

Drop in kharif output to put pressure on food prices: PMEAC

With kharif (summer crop) output being projected to drop by 10 percent this year, food prices will remain under pressure for some time, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan has said.

Monsoon deficit at 21%, coarse cereals a concern

The government Friday said monsoon deficiency is at 21 percent so far and expressed concern about the slow pace of sowing of coarse cereals.