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India to witness record food grain production in 2017-18, advance estimates suggest

The 2nd advance estimates for production of major crops for 2017-18 released by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare suggest record aggregate food grains production in 2017-18. The total food grain production estimates touch a record high of 277.49mn tonnes. The record highs are on account of near normal rainfall during monsoon 2017 and various policy initiatives of the Government.

Amongst the foodgrains, crops like rice, coarse cereals, maize, pulses, gram and urad is expected to witness record high production level in 2017-18.

Total Oilseeds production in the country during 2017-18 is estimated at 29.88mn tonnes, which is lower by 1.39mn tonnes than the production of 31.28mn tonnes during 2016-17. However, the production of oilseeds during 2017-18 is marginally higher by 0.34mn tonnes than the average oilseeds production.

With a significant increase by 47.16mn tonnes over 2016-17, total production of sugarcane in the country during 2017-18 is estimated at 353.23mn tonnes. The production of sugarcane during 2017-18 is also higher by 11.19mn tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 342.04mn tonnes.

Production of Cotton is estimated at 33.92mn bales (of 170 kg each), higher than the previous year’s production of 32.58mn bales. Further, it is also higher by 0.41mn bales than its average production of 33.50mn bales.