FoodGrain production to hit record high

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The 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2019-20 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare. Even though these estimates are subject of revision the total Foodgrain production in the country is estimated at record 291.95 million tonnes which is higher by 6.74 million tonnes than the production of foodgrain of 285.21 million tonnes achieved during 2018-19. The production during 2019-20 is also higher by 26.20 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18) average production of foodgrain.

A spokesman of the department informed that the cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2019) has been 10% higher than Long Period Average (LPA). Accordingly, the production of most of the crops for the agricultural year 2019-20 has been estimated higher than their normal production.

The estimated production of major crops during 2019-20 is as follows

  • Foodgrains –  291.95 million tonnes. (record)
    • Rice  –  117.47  million tonnes. (record)
    • Wheat  –  106.21  million tonnes. (record)
    • Nutri / Coarse Cereals  –  45.24 million tonnes.
    • Maize  –  28.08 million tonnes.
    • Pulses  –  23.02 million tonnes.
    • Tur  –  3.69 million tonnes.
    • Gram – 11.22 million tonnes.
  • Oilseeds –  34.19 million tonnes.
        • Soyabean  –  13.63 million tonnes
        • Rapeseed and Mustard – 9.11 million tonnes
        • Groundnut  –  8.24 million tonnes
      • Cotton –  34.89 million bales (of 170 kg each)
      • Jute  & Mesta – 9.81 million bales (of 180 kg each)
      • Sugarcane – 353.85 million tonnes

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