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Union Government releases 4th Advance Estimate of production of major crops for 2016-17

The total food grain production in the country is estimated at 275.68 million tonnes, which is higher by 10.64 million tonnes (4.01%) than the previous record production of food grain achieved during 2013-14.

Aug 17, 2017 12:37 IST
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The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, on 16 August 2017 released the 4th advance estimates of production of major crops for 2016-17.

The assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources.

Key highlights of the 4th Advance Estimates

The total food grain production in the country is estimated at 275.68 million tonnes, which is higher by 10.64 million tonnes (4.01%) than the previous record production of food grain achieved during 2013-14.

The current year’s production is also higher by 18.67 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2011-12 to 2015-16) average production of food grains.

Total production of rice is estimated at record 110.15 million tonnes, which is a new record.  This year’s rice production is higher by 3.50 million tonnes (3.28%) than previous record production of 106.65 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. Production of rice increased significantly by 5.74 million tonnes (5.50%) than the production of 104.41 million tonnes during 2015-16.   

Total production of wheat is estimated at 98.38 million tonnes, which is also a record. This year’s wheat production is higher by 2.64% than the previous record production of 95.85 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. The current year’s production is higher by 6.10 million tonnes (6.61%) as compared to wheat production of 92.29 million tonnes achieved during 2015-16.

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Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at a new record level of 44.19 million tonnes, which is higher than the average production by 2.85 million tonnes (6.88%).

As a result of significant increase in the area coverage and productivity of all major pulses, total production of pulses during 2016-17 is estimated at 22.95 million tonnes, which is higher by 3.70 million tonnes (19.22%) than the previous record production of 19.25 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14.  

With an increase of 6.85 million tonnes (27.11%) over the previous year, total oilseeds production in the country is estimated at 32.10 million tonnes.

Total production of sugarcane is estimated at 306.72 million tonnes, which is lower by 41.73 million tonnes (-11.98%) than the last year’s production of 348.45 million tonnes.

Higher productivity of cotton resulted into higher production of 33.09 million bales (of 170 kg each), i.e. an increase of 10.29%, as compared to 30.01 million bales during 2015-16.

Total production of jute and mesta is estimated at 10.60 million bales (of 180 kg each) is marginally higher (0.73%) than their production of 10.52 million bales during the last year.

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