The country’s rice production is estimated to decline by 3.79 per cent to 106.31 million tonnes in the kharif season of the 2023-24 crop year (July-June) due to poor rainfall in key growing states, according to the Agriculture Ministry’s latest estimates released on Friday. Rice production stood at 110.5 million tonnes during the same season in the previous crop year.
According to the first advanced foodgrains production estimate released by the ministry, maize production is estimated to be 22.48 million tonnes in the kharif season 2023-24, lower than 23.6 million tonnes last year. Among pulses, tur production is expected to be slightly higher this year at 3.42 million tonnes as against 3.31 million tonnes the previous year. Moong production is estimated to be 1.40 million tonnes, lower than last year’s 1.71 million tonnes. Oilseeds production is estimated to decline to 21.53 million tonnes from 26.15 million tonnes.
Production of groundnut and soybean is estimated to be 7.82 million tonnes and 11.52 million tonnes, respectively. Among cash crops, sugarcane production is expected to come down to 434.7 million tonnes from 490.53 million tonnes last year. Cotton production is also expected to drop to 31.65 million bales (of 170 kg each) from 33.6 million bales, and jute to 9.19 million bales (of 180 kg each) from 9.39 million bales. Total production of foodgrains is expected to be 148.56 million tonnes during the kharif season 2023, lower than 155.7 million tonnes last year.
It’s important to note that this first production assessment for 2023-24 (kharif) is largely based on the average yield of the last three years and may undergo a change after receiving the yield estimates based on actual crop cutting experiments, the ministry said.
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