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Updated: December 26, 2009 17:44 IST

TN food production crosses 90 lakh tons in 2008-09

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PILING IT ON: In spite of erratic rains and a recession shadow, rice production this year has been more than satisfactory. File photo
The Hindu PILING IT ON: In spite of erratic rains and a recession shadow, rice production this year has been more than satisfactory. File photo

Food production in Tamil Nadu has reached 91.10 lakh tons in 2008-09, State Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S Arumugam said here today.

He attributed the success to the rightful adoption of technology.

Productivity of paddy has gone up from 1,450 kg from 48 years ago to 5,000 kg per hectare at present. Similarly productivity of pulses has gone up from 232 kg to 430 kg, cotton from 149 kg to 375 kg, sugarcane 77 tons to 110 tons and groundnut from 1190 kg to 1,500 kg, he said, releasing 11 crop varieties and four agricultural implements developed by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

A rice variety released was named as Anna (R) 4, to pay tribute to former Chief Minister C N Annadurai in his birth centenary year, Arumugam said. Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin was present.


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