India's 2018-19 grain output seen up 17.62 million tonnes at 283.37 million tonnes
04 June 2019
Total foodgrain production in the country during the 2018-19 crop year is estimated at 283.37 million tonnes, which is higher by 17.62 million tonnes compared to the previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18) average production of foodgrain, as per the third advance estimates released by the agriculture ministry.
Total production of rice during 2018-19 is estimated to have reached a record 115.63 million tonnes, which is an increase of 2.87 million tonnes over the production of 112.76 million tonnes during 2017-18. It is also 7.83 million tonnes higher compared to the five-year average production of 107.80 million tonnes.
Production of wheat, which is also estimated at a record 101.20 million tonnes, is higher by 1.33 million tonnes compared to wheat production of 99.87 million tonnes during 2017-18. Wheat production during 2018-19 is also 6.59 million tonnes higher than the five-year average wheat production of 94.61 million tonnes.
Production of nutri/coarse cereals, estimated at 43.33 million tonnes, is marginally higher by 0.24 million tonnes than the average production during the past five years.
Total production of pulses during 2018-19 is estimated at 23.22 million tonnes which is a;lso higher by 2.96 million tonnes compared to the five-year average production of 20.26 million tonnes.
Total oilseeds production in the country during 2018-19 is estimated at 31.42 million tonnes, which again is higher by 1.77 million tonnes than the five-year average oilseeds production.
Sugarcane production in the country is estimated to have increased by 20.46 million tonnes over 2017-18 to a record 400.37 million tonnes in 2018-18. Sugarcane production during 2018-19 is also higher by 50.59 million tonnes compared to the five-year average sugarcane production of 349.78 million tonnes. Production of cotton is estimated at 27.59 million bales (of 170 kg each) while production of jute and mesta has been estimated at 9.79 million bales (of 180 kg each).