A record wheat crop, totalling 30 million tons, has been harvested in the northern states of India.
A record wheat crop, totalling 30 million tons, has been harvested in the northern states of India. It came as a welcome relief to most parts of India, which has been experiencing severe drought.
The record harvest is the direct result of large-scale mechanisation and the careful usage of power resources.
During this week, the wheat will be transported by twelve special trains from Punjab and Haryana states to the western state of Maharastra, which has experienced serious food riots in the past week. The government has already imported over one and a half million tons of grain, and has virtually exhausted buffer stocks, built up in bumper years. Replenishment of stocks was reported to have run into initial difficulties following the Indian government's recent takeover of the wholesale wheat trade.
SYNOPSIS: A record wheat crop has been harvested in Punjab and Haryana.
The bumper crop in the northern states of India is the direct result of large-scale mechanisation of farms. Combine harvesters, such as this one, have gradually replaced human labour.
A total of thirty million tons of wheat has been harvested this year...a year in which some western states, in particular, Maharastra, have been experiencing severs drought. The Indian government has already imported over a million tons of grain to these drought-hit areas, but they were not enough to overcome the widespread famine.
Replenishing these stocks in Maharastra has proved difficult initially, now that the Indian government has taken over the wholesale wheat trade.
But the government has decided to move this wheat during the next few days into the famine-hit areas.
It is hoped that this bumper wheat crop from Punjab and Haryana will offset the deficit caused by the severe drought.