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Wheat production in 2010/11 has increased by 12.2% to 1.75 million MT compared to 1.56 million MT last year and that of barley has increased by 9.6% to 30.2 thousand MT compared to 27.6 thousand MT last year. The production of buckwheat which is also included in cereal food balance computation from this year was 8.8 thousand MT in 2010/11.
In 2010/11, the production of cereal crops has increased by 10.9% to 8.62 million MT compared to 7.76 million MT last year. The overall edible cereal crop production shows a total of 110 thousand MT (2%) surplus this year in contrast to 330 thousand MT (- 6%) deficit last year.
An increase in the overall cereal output is attributed by a number of factors such as adequate precipitation across the country during plantation and growing period, fertilizer subsidy in some hill and mountain districts, and the support to agricultural productivity enhancement programme from both government and non-government organizations.