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Govt pegs 2.8% fall in kharif foodgrain output at 134.67 mt

Govt pegs 2.8% fall in kharif foodgrain output at 134.67 mt”

However, sugarcane production for 2017-18 will go up. The output will fall from the record of 1385.2 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 to 1346.7 lakh tonnes, according to the government's first formal estimate of the harvest.

The Agriculture Ministry said "these are preliminary estimates and will undergo revision based on further feedback from the States".

India's foodgrain production is estimated to decline by almost four million tonnes to 134.67 MT this kharif season on account of poor rains as well as floods in some parts of the country. The union agriculture secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak had recently stated that the country's foodgrains production is likely to match last year's figure of a record 276 MT. However, kharif foodgrain production is 6.43 million tonnes more than the average production of five years (2011-12 to 2015-16) of 128.24 million tonnes. This is lower by 1.91 million tonnes than the last year's record production of 96.39 million tonnes.

The estimated production of coarse cereals has shown a decline from 32 million tonnes last year to 31.49 million tonnes this year. Production of Maize is expected to be 18.73 million tonnes which is marginally lower by 0.52 million tonnes than that of last year's record production.

Production of summer-sown rice is estimated to fall 2 percent to 94.48 million tonnes, while production of pulses could drop 7.5 percent to 8.71 million tonnes, the government said in a statement. However, kharif pulses estimated production is 2.86 million tonnes more than the last five years average production.

Oilseeds output is estimated to be down at 20.68 MT in the kharif season of this year from 22.40 MT in the year-ago period.

Till last week, the ministry had maintained production would be closer to last year's production for the season and had set a target of 137 MT.

As per the first advance estimates, in case of crops like cotton, oilseeds and jute, the output is expected to fall while in case of sugarcane the production would rise.

Among cash crops, cotton output is estimated to be slightly lower at 32.27 million bales (of 170 kg each) in the 2017-18 crop year (July-June) from the earlier 33.09 million bales. "Production of Jute & Mesta estimated at 10.33 million bales is marginally lower than its production of 10.60 million bales during the previous year", the release said.

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