India is poised to achieve a record foodgrain production of 273.38 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year. The current year’s foodgrain production is significantly higher by 21.81 million tonnes than last year.
Agriculture Ministry today came out with the third advance estimates of production of major crops revising upwards the output figures for 2016-17.
The production of rice is estimated at 109.15 million tonnes and wheat 97.44 million tonnes, both a new records. Coarse cereals production is also estimated to be a record 44.39 million tonnes in 2016-17 as against 38.52 million tonnes last year.
Pulses output has gone up substantially to 22.40 million tonnes from 16.35 million tonnes last year. The government had encouraged farmers to grow pulses in a big way by announcing higher support price and procurement. Previous record in pulses was 19.25 million tonnes in 2013-14. Oilseeds production is pegged at 32.52 million tonnes which is also higher by 3.27 million tonnes.
Among cash crops, cotton output is estimated to increase to 32.58 million bales of 170 kg each from 30.01 million bales in the last year. Sugarcane output is pegged at 306.03 million tonnes, which is lower by 42.42 million tonnes than the last year.
Production of Jute and Mesta is estimated at 10.27 million bales of 180 kg each, which is marginally lower by 10.52 million bales during the last year.