Kharif foodgrain production seen 3.86 million tonnes lower at 134.67 million tonnes in FY18

Foodgrain production in the country in the 2017-18 Kharif season is expected to be 134.67 million tonnes, 3.86 million tonnes lower compared to last year's record Kharif foodgrains production of 138.52 million tonnes, as per the first advance estimates of production of major Kharif crops for 2017-18 released on Monday.

However, kharif foodgrain production this year is 6.43 million tonnes more than the average production of five years (2011-12 to 2015-16) of 128.24 million tonnes.

Total production of Kharif rice is estimated at 94.48 million tonnes, which is 1.91 million tonnes lower compared to last year's record production of 96.39 million tonnes. However, this is 2.59 million tonnes higher compared to the average production of Kharif rice during the last five years.

Total production of coarse cereals in the country has decreased to 31.49 million tonnes compared to 32.71 million tonnes during 2016-17 (4th Advance Estimates). 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. Further, this is higher by 2.15 million tonnes than the average production of maize during the last five years.

Foodgrains - 134.67 million tonne
Rice - 94.48 million tonnes
Coarse Cereals - 31.49 million tonnes
Maize - 18.73 million tonnes
Pulses - 8.71 million tonnes
Tur - 3.99 million tonnes
Urad - 2.53 million tonnes (record)
Oilseeds - 20.68 million tonnes
Soyabean - 12.22 million tonnes
Groundnut - 6.21 million tonnes
Castorseed - 1.40 million tonnes
Cotton - 32.27 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Jute and Mesta - 10.33 million bales (of 180 kg each)
Sugarcane - 337.69 million tonnes

The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season, ie, 1 June to 6 September 2017 has been 05 per cent lower than the long period average (LPA). Thus, monsoon rainfall conditions have been normal in the country. The estimated production of most of the crops during current Kharif season is estimated to be higher as compared to their normal production of last five years. However, these are preliminary estimates and would undergo revision based on further feedback from the states.