The per capita availability of foodgrains increased to 462.9 gm per day in 2011 from 437.1 gm per day in the previous year, Parliament was informed today.
“The per capita net availability of foodgrains was 444 gm per day in 2009, 437.1 gm per day in 2010 and 462.9 gm per day in 2011,” Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
The production of foodgrains has increased to a record 259.32 million tonnes in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June) from 244.49 million tonnes in the previous year.
In the 2009-10 crop year, foodgrains production stood at 218.11 million tonnes. Rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses fall under the foodgrains category.