India’s foodgrain production to touch all-time high of over 284 mn tonnes in 2017-18

  • According to the fourth advance estimate released on August 28, 2018, country’s foodgrain production is estimated to grow to an all-time high of over 284 million tonnes in the 2017-18 crop year ending June, driven by record output in wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses after a normal monsoon. 
  • According to the Agriculture Ministry, wheat output has been pegged at record 99.70 million tonnes, rice at 112.91 million tonnes and pulses at 25.23 million tonnes.
  •  The previous record foodgrain output was 275.11 million tonnes achieved in the 2016-17 crop year. The foodgrain basket comprises of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses. 
  • The ministry revised upward the total foodgrain production by 5.3 million tonnes from the previous projection of 279.51 million tonnes for the 2017-18 crop year. 
  • As per 4th Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2017-18 is as under:
    • Foodgrains  –  284.83 million tonnes (record)
      • Rice  –  112.91  million tonnes (record)
      • Wheat – 99.70 million tonnes (record)
      • Nutri/Coarse Cereals  –  46.99 million tonnes (record)
        • Maize  –  28.72 million tonnes (record)
      • Pulses  –  25.23 million tonnes (record)
      • Gram – 11.23 million tonnes (record)
      • Tur  –  4.25 million tonnes
      • Urad  –  3.56 million tonnes (record)
    • Oilseeds  –  31.31 million tonnes
          • Soyabean  –  10.98 million tonnes
          • Groundnut  –  9.18 million tonnes
          • Rapeseed & Mustard – 8.32 million tonnes (record)
          • Castorseed – 1.57 million tonnes
    • Cotton  –  34.89 million bales (of 170 kg each)
    • Sugarcane – 376.91 million tonnes (record)

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