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Acknowledging that the large farming community had delivered despite difficult conditions, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said it was due to them that agriculture had continued to perform well. "The average annual growth rate of agriculture and allied sectors during the 11th Plan (2007-12) was 3.6 per cent against 2.5 per cent and 2.4 per cent in the 9th and 10th Plans, respectively. In 2012-13, total foodgrain production will be over 250 million tonnes. Farmers have responded to the price signals and produced more," he said.

India’s overall foodgrain production in the 2012-13 crop marketing year that would end in June 2013 was expected to be around 250 million tonnes, nine million tonnes less than last year’s revised record output of almost 259 million tonnes because of low production during the kharif sowing season, Agriculture Secretary Ashish Bahuguna said today.

According to the government’s first advanced estimate, foodgrain production during the 2012-13 kharif season is expected to be almost 9.8 per cent less than the kharif production of 2011-12 because of an uneven southwest monsoon in most parts of the country.

Blame it on climate change as Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a shift from the traditional variety of foodgrains to hybrid ones as there is a sharp decline in production of conventional varieties of wh