Chandigarh, Jan 30 (IANS) Haryana has achieved the highest ever rice production of 39.76 lakh tonnes since its inception in 1966, an official said here Wednesday.
"This has been achieved despite the state receiving about 36.8 percent less rainfall in 2012," said a spokesman of the Haryana agriculture department.
He said that the output of coarse rice was over 23.54 lakh tonnes, with a productivity of 40.03 quintals per hectare. The total crop area was 5.88 lakh hectares.
"This has remained highest both in production and productivity since 1966-67," he said.
"The production of Basmati rice was 16.22 lakh tonnes, with a productivity of 25.87 quintals per hectare in an area of 6.27 lakh hectares which was also the highest since 1966-67," he added.