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Record foodgrains, oilseeds crops estimated in 2019-20

Record foodgrains, oilseeds crops estimated in 2019-20

New Delhi, Feb 18 (UNI) India's total foodgrain production for 2019-20 is estimated at a record 291.95 million tonnes, higher by 6.74 million tonnes over the production of foodgrain of 285.21 million tonnes achieved during 2018-19 and by 26.20 million tonnes over the previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18) average production of foodgrain.

This is being attributed to the cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2019), which has been 10 per cent higher than Long Period Average (LPA).

As per Second Advance Estimates for 2019-20, total production of rice is estimated at 117.47 million tonnes, up by 9.67 million tonnes over the five years’ average production of 107.80 million tonnes.

In the case of wheat, a record 106.21 million tonnes is projected, higher by 2.61 million tonnes compared to wheat production during 2018-19 and is higher by 11.60 million tonnes than the average wheat production of 94.61 million tonnes, according to the 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2019-20 released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on Tuesday.

Similarly, production of Nutri/coarse cereals is also expected to be higher at 45.24 million tonnes, a jump of 2.18 million tonnes over the production of 43.06 million tonnes achieved during 2018-19. Further, it is also up by 2.16 million tonnes than the average production.

Total pulses production during 2019-20 is also showing an uptick at 23.02 million tonnes which is higher by 2.76 million tonnes than the five years’ average production of 20.26 million tonnes.

The higher output is the result of 10 per cent higher cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September 2019) than Long Period Average (LPA). Accordingly, the production of most of the crops for the agricultural year 2019-20 has been estimated higher than their normal production subject to revision on account of more precise information flowing over the time.

The advance estimates project total oilseeds production in the country during 2019-20 at 34.19 million tonnes, higher by 2.67 million tonnes than the production of 31.52 million tonnes during 2018-19. Further, the production of oilseeds during 2019-20 is higher by 4.54 million tonnes than the average oilseeds production.

Total production of sugarcane in the country is put at 353.85 million tonnes up by 4.07 million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 349.78 million tonnes.

Production of cotton is estimated at 34.89 million bales (of 170 kg each) is higher by 6.85 million bales than the production of 28.04 million bales during 2018-19. Production of Jute & Mesta is estimated at 9.81 million bales (of 180 kg each).

As per 2nd Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2019-20 is as under:

Foodgrains – 291.95 million tonnes. (record), Rice – 117.47 million tonnes (record), Wheat – 106.21 million tonnes (record), Nutri /coarse cereals – 45.24 million tonnes, Maize – 28.08 million tonnes, Pulses – 23.02 million tonnes, Tur – 3.69 million tonnes, Gram – 11.22 million tonnes.

Oilseeds – 34.19 million tonnes, Soyabean – 13.63 million tonnes, Rapeseed and Mustard – 9.11 million tonnes and Groundnut – 8.24 million tonnes Cotton – 34.89 million bales (of 170 kg each), Jute & Mesta - 9.81 million bales (of 180 kg each), Sugarcane – 353.85 million tonnes.

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