NEW DELHI: Country has witnessed a increase of 3.7 per cent in fruit and vegetable output to over 213 million tonnes in the financial year 2010-11. The rise is boosted by the increase in the area under cultivation.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Mr Harish Rawat has informed that the country had produced 205.24 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in the previous year period.
The minister also acknowledged that the total area under vegetable and fruit cultivation increased by 4 per cent to 14.84 million hectares in 2010-11 as against 14.31 million hectares in the corresponding period previous year.
Being the world’s second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables, India has witnessed a jump of 3 per cent in vegetable production to 137.68 million tonnes in financial year 2010-11, as against 133.73 million tonnes in the previous year.
Similarly, country’s fruit production was up by 6 per cent to 75.82 million tonnes in 2010-11 as compared to 71.51 million tonnes in the comparable period of previous year.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala are the major producers of fruits and vegetables in the country.