Foodgrain output up despite low rains


NEW DELHI: India’s foodgrain production increased marginally to 252.22 million tonnes in the 2015-16 crop year (July-June), as per the fourth advance estimates, despite setback due to deficient rainfall and shortage of water in reservoirs.

Production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and jute was lower due to erratic rainfall during the 2015 monsoon season.

As per the data given out by the Agriculture ministry, the total foodgrain production in the country has been higher than that in the last year. The total foodgrain production during 2015-16, is estimated at 252.22 million tonnes compared to 252.23 million tonnes as per the third advance estimate.

In 2014-15, total food grain production was 252.02 million tonnes and 2013-14 was 265.04 million tonnes. Rice production during 2015-16 is estimated at 104.32 million tonnes, compared to 103.36 million tonnes in the third advance estimate and 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15. Production of wheat is estimated at 93.50 million tonnes, compared to 94.04 million tonnes in third advance and86.53 million tonnes in 2014-15.

Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at 37.94 million tonnes compared to 37.78 million tonnes in the third advance estimate and 42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Output of pulses is estimated at 16.47 million tonnes during 2015-16, marginally lower than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes.

Total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 25.30 million tonnes compared to 27.51million tonnes. Production of sugarcane estimated at 352.16 million tones, is lower than its production during 2014-15 which was at 362.33 million tonnes.