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Agriculture Production in Bundelkhand

According to aggregated 2002-03 data in Districtwise crop production statistics brought out by Crop Production Statistics Information System, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, UP Bundelkhand districts produced a total of around 1.6 million metric tonnes (MT) of wheat from around 700,000 hectares, but this constituted only around 6% of the state's wheat production.

UP Bundelkhand districts constitute the state's 'gram belt'; in 2002-03 total annual production was over 500,000 tonnes, which was over 60% of the state's output. The region also accounts for highest production of tur/arhar and masoor in the state; in 2003-04, the tur/ahar and masoor output of around 75,000 MT and 1,65,000 lakh MT constituted 20% and 30% of the UP's production of these crops respectively.

Lalitpur is UP's highest producer of urad (around 14,000 MT/year) and the UP Bundelkhand districts produce around 25% of the total state output. In 2002-03 area under cultivation of urad was highest in  Jhansi - over 100,000 hectares, nearly a sixth of the total area under cultivation of this crop in the state.

Excluding Banda and Chitrakoot, the UP Bundelkhand districts contribute over two-thirds of the state's production of peas and beans with total annual production of around 300,000 MT. 

However, UP Bundelkhand does not rank high in the state in yields of pulses (see tables 3 and 4 in Yields in Bundelkhand).  

Banda and Hamirpur are the state's top producers of jowar (around 30,000 MT/year) and the UP Bundelkhand districts together produce around 100,000 MT of this crop - over a third of the state's output.

Jhansi produces around a fourth of UP’s groundnut (around 13,000 MT in 2002-03).

The MP Bundelkhand districts produced around 1.05 million MT of wheat in 2003-04, a sixth of the state's output. MP Bundelkhand produced more gram than UP Bundelkhand, but the output (550,000 lakh MT) constituted only around 20% of MP production.  Tikamgarh was the state's second highest urad-producing district, accounting for 10% (21,500 MT) of the state's output.

The MP Bundelkhand districts accounted for nearly 20% of the state's production of other pulses in the rabi season. Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Datia produced around 35% (17,000 MT) of the state's sesame. Tikamgarh produced around 10% (24,000 MT) of the state's groundnut.

The MP Bundelkhand districts are not significant producers of soyabean, the state's major cash crop.

The Bundelkhand region as a whole produced around a sixth of India's gram in 2003-04. In all districts of the region except Panna, yield of gram is higher than the India average (see Table 3 in Yields in Bundelkhand).

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