In 2007, Madhya Pradesh’s wheat yield was 1,643 kg per hectare. “It is now expected to reach 3,271 kg per hectare,” said ML Mina, director, state farmers welfare and agriculture development.
“Farmers have provided more acreage to wheat. Sharbati, Durum and Lok-I fetch good returns. We will be the second largest wheat producing state since weather conditions are favourable this year,” he added. Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are the top two wheat producing states at present.
Madhya Pradesh has witnessed drought, frost, unseasonal rain and hailstorm during the past several seasons, yet farmers have managed to maintain productivity. “Farm mechanisation plays a key role. Despite odd weather, farmers are continuing with wheat,” he said.
Sehore, Ujjain, Shajapur, Shujalpur, Guna, Ashoknagar, Chhatarpur, Rewa, Morena, Bhopal, Raisen and Hoshangabad are the main wheat growing areas in Madhya Pradesh.