By A K Sikka, B K Kandpal, Adlul Islam and S K Dhyani
The authors are, Deputy Director General and Principal Scientists, respectively, Natural Resource Management Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the last two decades, there is a decline in the average yield in wheat production. A close examination of the weather data indicates that this decline may be related to climate change.
Wheat is the world’s third most important cereal crop, after maize and rice. Globally, it occupies 222 million ha areas across all major regions of the world and produces 729 million tonnes (MT) grains. India contributes 13 per cent to the global wheat production of 729, with 94.5 MT grown on 31.2 million ha areas (fao.org). Since 1961, there has been an annual growth rate of 4.19 per cent, with a 1.5 per cent annual horizontal expansion in area and...