Highest-ever wheat yield expected
The granary of India, Punjab, is expected to have the highest-ever wheat production this year. Production of this staple foodgrain is expected to touch 180 lakh metric tonnes, in spite of the fall in area under the crop.
This is mainly because of the highest-ever yield in wheat produced in Punjab. The yield is expected to be 52 quintals per hectare, up from the previous high of 50.09 quintals per hectare, achieved in the last rabi marketing season (2018). Agriculture experts say that the favourable weather conditions all through the winter and the prolonged cool weather through the ripening stage of the crop have helped in the state getting the highest yield ever.
The previous high of wheat production was in 2011-12, when Punjab had produced 179.7 lakh metric tonnes (lmt) of wheat — mainly because of increase in area under cultivation as well as favourable weather. Last year, wheat production was 178 lakh metric tonnes.