Record rice output to propel India’s foodgrain production to 281.37 million tonnes in 2018-19

NEW DELHI: With a record rice production of 115.6 million tonnes, the overall foodgrain production in the country is likely to be 281.37 million tonnes in 2018-19. The second advance estimate of production of major crops released by the agriculture department shows wheat production is expected to touch 99.12 million tonnes, lower than the target of 102.20 million tonnes.

“Rice production is at an all-time high. We had set a target of 114 million tonnes. But we expect the output to reach 115.6 million tonnes. There will be no shortage of foodgrains in the country. We will be able to export more if international markets are competitive,” said a senior agriculture department official, who did not wish to be identified.

According to the second advance estimate, pulses production is likely to be 24.02 million tonnes, lower than the target of 25.95 million tonnes. However, the estimated output is more than last year’s second advance estimate of 23.95 million tonnes.

“We were expecting pulses production to cross 25 million tonnes. But due to hailstorm and untimely rains in some parts and drought conditions in Maharashtra and Gujarat, the production has dipped. But we are confident of meeting the domestic requirement as we have huge carry-forward stock,” said the official.

The total oilseeds production in the country during 2018-19 is estimated at 31.50 million tonnes, 1.62 million tonnes higher than the 29.88 million tonnes output in second advance estimates of 2017-18. The production of oilseeds during 2018-19 is 1.85 million tonnes higher than the average oilseeds production.

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With an increase of 27.61 million tonnes over 2017-18, total production of sugarcane in the country during 2018-19 is estimated at 380.83 million tonnes. Further, sugarcane production during 2018-19 is 31.05 million tonnes higher than the average sugarcane production of 349.78 million tonnes.

The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2018) was 9% lower than the long period average. The cumulative rainfall in north west India, central India and south peninsula during that period has been normal on the whole.



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