The total foodgrain production in the country has been pegged at record 272 million tonne. It is higher by 6.94 million tonnes than the previous record production of 265 million tonnes in 2013-14. Agriculture Ministry in its 2nd advance estimates of production of major crops for 2016-17 said that the record is going to be made due to good rainfall and various policy initiatives taken by the government.
Total production of rice is estimated at record 108.86 million tonnes which is also a new record. This year’s rice production is higher by 2.21 million tonnes than previous record production. Wheat production, estimated at 96.64 million tonnes is also a record.
The Ministry said, as a result of significant increase in the area coverage and productivity of all major pulses, total production of pulses is estimated to be 22.14 million tonnes which is higher by 2.89 million tonnes than the previous production. With an increase of 8.35 million tonnes over the previous year, total oilseeds production in the country is estimated at record level of 33.60 million tonnes. However the production of sugarcane is estimated to be around 310 million tonnes, lower by 38 million tonnes in last year.