Kharif oilseeds production to touch 131 lakh tonnes this season

Mumbai: Kharif oilseeds production in the 2003-04 (November-October) season is estimated to touch a near record level of 131.7 lakh tonnes (LT) as compared to 84.1 LT produced in the previous kharif season.

In the last 10 years, higher kharif production at 132.3 LT was achieved in 1998-99 and the lowest at 84.1 LT in 2002-03.

The substantial increase in production is on account of good monsoon rains across the oilseed growing areas; last year's oilseed output was impacted on account of inadequate rains.

The Solvent Extractors' Association which met to discuss the kharif and rabi prospects for oilseeds crop has estimated a significant increase in the rabi oilseeds production at 104.5 LT in comparison to 60.3 LT output of the last season.

Gujarat, which received good rains, will produce 53 per cent of all-India kharif groundnut crop, predicts Dipak Enterprise managing partner Govindbhai G Patel.