A rice field in Kerala. NetIndian Photo/Vinita Abraham
A rice field in Kerala. NetIndian Photo/Vinita Abraham
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India's Kharif foodgrains production estimated at 134.67 MT during 2017-18

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, September 26, 2017

India's production of Kharif foodgrains during 2017-18 is estimated at 134.67 million tonnes (MT), which is 3.86 MT lower than last year's record production of 138.52 million tonnes, official data released here yesterday said.
However, Kharif foodgrain production is 6.43 MT more than the average production of five years (2011-12 to 2015-16) of 128.24 million tonnes, an official press release, quoting the data said.
The First Advance Estimates of production of major Kharif crops for 2017-18, released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, said total production of Kharif rice is estimated at 94.48 MT. This is lower by 1.91 MT than last year’s record production of 96.39 million tonnes. 
However, it is higher by 2.59 MT  over the average production of Kharif rice during the last five years, the release said.
The total production of coarse cereals in the country has decreased to 31.49 MT as compared to 32.71 MT during 2016-17 (4th Advance Estimates). Production of maize is expected to be 18.73 MT, which is marginally lower by 0.52 MT than last year’s record production. But it is higher by 2.15 MT tonnes than the average production of maize during the last five years.
The total production of Kharif pulses is estimated at 8.71 MT, which is lower by 0.72 MT than last year’s record production of 9.42 MT. However, kharif pulses estimated production is 2.86 MT more than the last five years average production.
The total production of Kharif oilseeds in the country is estimated at 20.68 MT as compared to 22.40 MT during 2016-17, a decrease of 1.72 MT. However, it is higher by 0.69 MT than the average production of last five years.
Production of sugarcane is estimated at 337.69 MT, which is higher by 30.97 MT than last year’s production of 306.72 MT. Despite higher area coverage, lower productivity of cotton has resulted in reduced estimated production of 32.27 million bales (of 170 kg each) as compared to 33.09 million bales during 2016-17. Production of jute & mesta, estimated at 10.33 million bales (of 180 kg each), is marginally lower than its production of 10.60 million bales during the previous year.
The release said the assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources. 
The release pointed out that the cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season, 1st June to 6th September, 2017, had been 5% lower than the Long Period Average (LPA). 
"Thus, monsoon rainfall conditions have been normal in the country. The estimated production of most of the crops during current Kharif season is estimated to be higher as compared to their normal production of last five years. However, these are preliminary estimates and would undergo revision based on further feedback from the States," the release added.
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