India set for record kharif crop harvest

 Foodgrain output in the ongoing 2017-18 kharif season is likely to surpass last year’s record of 138.04 million tonnes due to higher acreage and good monsoon for the second straight year, Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak said today.So far, more than 80 per cent of the sowing of kharif crops — paddy, pulses, oilseeds, cotton, sugarcane and jute — has been completed and the planting will continue in some parts till next month, Pattanayak told PTI in an interview.About 19 lakh hectare of crop area has been affected by floods across the country and farmers are likely to take up othe
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