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Some rabi crops acreage, production expected to rise in 2019-20, estimates NBHC

Thane, Feb 11 (UNI) The total area under cultivation and production of some rabi crops is expected to increase in rabi producing states due to favourable weather conditions and improved soil moisture conditions post normal south-west monsoon and surplus north-east monsoon rainfall from June till November of last year, NBHC, a commodity and collateral management company based in Mumbai, stated on Tuesday.

While releasing its first Rabi Crop estimates for 2019-20, the National Bulk Handling Corporation Pvt Ltd (NBHC) stated in a release that the total production of Rabi cereals for the year 2019-20 is expected to increase by 4.52 per cent to 134.23 million metric tons from 128.43 million MT in 2018-19.
Total coarse cereals production is expected to augment by 4.92 per cent to 12.54 million MT in 2019-20 mainly due to increase in production of jowar (2.43 million MT), maize (8.28 million MT) and barley (1.83 million MT).
Jowar acreage has improved significantly by 19.12 per cent, while the acreage of maize and barley is expected to show a marginal surge of 6.45 per cent and 6.85 per cent, respectively.
Similarly, the area under wheat cultivation is expected to rise by 12.03 per cent to 33.44 million hectares (Ha) and its production is also expected to improve by 9.01 per cent to 111.40 million MTs due to favourable weather conditions, improved soil moisture conditions and incentivised increase in minimum support price (MSP) to 1,925 per quintal from 1,840 per quintal last year.
Also, gram acreage and production is likely to enhance by 10.14 per cent (10.64 million Ha) and 7.90 per cent (10.93 million MT), respectively.
However, rabi rice acreage has declined by 23.24 per cent to 2.61 million Ha against 3.40 million Ha last year and its production is expected to decrease significantly by 27.96 per cent to 10.30 million MT from 14.29 million MT last year owing to marginal shift in farmer’s focus to pulses and wheat.
Other than that the cultivation of pulses, particularly moong and urad, has been affected the most due to erratic rains, according to estimates of the NBHC which also sought a removal of import duties and caps on peas.
The acreage of moong is expected to drop significantly by 26.32 per cent to 0.56 million Ha from 0.76 million Ha last year and production is also expected to slump by 26.38 per cent to 0.38 million MT from 0.51 million MT last year.
Likewise, urad acreage is expected to shrink by 21.44 per cent to 0.74 million Ha from 0.94 million Ha last year and production is expected to fall by 20.17 per cent to 0.56 million MT from 0.70 million MT last year.
Overall, the pulses acreage is expected to go up by 1.86 per cent to 15.92 million Ha from 15.63 million Ha last year but its production is expected to be lower by 2.47 per cent to 15.17 million MT.

Moreover, total oilseeds acreage is expected to reduce marginally by 0.87 per cent to 7.97 million Ha from 8.04 million Ha last year and their production is expected to fall by 7.39 per cent to 10.17 million MT from 10.98 million MT last year.
Mustard acreage is expected to contract by 0.29 per cent to 6.92 million Ha and its production is also expected to diminish by 6.92 per cent to 8.69 million MT from 9.34 million MT last year.
Groundnut and sunflower production is estimated to be lower by 8.87 per cent (1.12 million MT) and 39.24 per cent (0.08 million MT) respectively, the release added.
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