India is the second largest producer of wheat in the world aims at achieving higher production and productivity of wheat in the years to come to meet the growing demand of food grains. It has estimated record harvest of 86.87 million tonnes during 2010-11 and a record production of 88.31 million tonne during 2011-12 as per 2nd advance estimates.
India has strong wheat research and development network to develop technologies suitable for different regions of the country. The technologies developed by Wheat Research Network are being promoted through various Centrally sponsored schemes and State sector programmes. Country has developed collaborations with international organizations under CGIAR system such as CIMMYT Mexico, ICARDA, Syria and ACIAR Australia. The technology developed by these organizations and tested in Indian conditions are adopted subject to their suitability to Indian condition. Some of the high yielding genotypes developed in CIMMYT, Mexico were found suitable in Indian condition and were released for cultivation in India.
This information was given by Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries.