Record Foodgrain production of 303.34 million tonnes

New Delhi: The second advance estimates of production of principal crops for year 2020-21 have been released.  The second advance estimates of production of major crops reveal a record production of 303.34 million tonnes of food grains, which clearly outlines the tireless hard work of farmers, research by agricultural scientists, and farmer-friendly policies of the Central Government. All-round agricultural reforms will also benefit the country in the long run.

In 2nd Advance Estimates of production of principal crops released by Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the assessment of production of different crops is based on the data received from States and validated with information available from other sources. The comparative estimate of production of principal crops since 2005-06 is enclosed.  As per 2nd Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2020-21 is as under:

 

  • Foodgrains –  303.34 million tonnes. (record)
    • Rice  –  120.32  million tonnes. (record)
    • Wheat  –  109.24  million tonnes. (record)
    • Nutri / Coarse Cereals  –  49.36 million tonnes.
    • Maize  –  30.16 million tonnes. (record)
    • Pulses  –  24.42 million tonnes.
    • Tur  –  3.88 million tonnes.
    • Gram – 11.62 million tonnes. (record)
  • Oilseeds  –  37.31 million tonnes.
        • Groundnut  –  10.15 million tonnes (record)
        • Soyabean  –  13.71 million tonnes
        • Rapeseed and Mustard – 10.43 million tonnes (record)
  • Sugarcane – 397.66 million tonnes
  • Cotton  –  36.54 million bales (of 170 kg each)
  • Jute  & Mesta – 9.78 million bales (of 180 kg each)

The cumulative rainfall during this year’s southwest monsoon season upto 30th September, 2020 has been 9% higher than Long Period Average (LPA). Accordingly, most of the major crops producingstates have witnessed normal rainfall. The production of most of the crops for the agricultural year 2020-21 has been estimated higher than their normal production. However, these estimates would undergo revision based on further feedback from the States.

As per Second Advance Estimates for 2020-21, total Foodgrain production in the country is estimated at record 303.34 million tonnes which is higher by 5.84 million tonnes than the production of foodgrain of 297.50 million tonnes achieved during 2019-20. Further, the production during 2020-21 is higher by 24.47 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2015-16 to 2019-20) average production of foodgrain.

Total production of Rice during 2020-21 is estimated at record 120.32 million tonnes.   It is higher by 7.88 million tonnes than the last five years’ average production of 112.44 million tonnes.

Production of Wheat during 2020-21 is estimated at record 109.24 million tonnes. It is higher by 8.81 million tonnes than the average wheat production of 100.42 million tonnes.

Production of Nutri / Coarse Cereals estimated at 49.36 million tonnes, which is higher by 1.62 million tonnes than the production of 47.75 million tonnes achieved during 2019-20. Further, it is also higher by 5.35 million tonnes than the average production.

Total Pulses production during 2020-21 is estimated at 24.42 million tonnes which is higher by 2.43 million tonnes than the last five years’ average production of 21.99 million tonnes.

Total Oilseeds production in the country during 2020-21 is estimated at record 37.31 million tonnes which is higher by 4.09 million tonnes than the production of 33.22 million tonnes during 2019-20. Further, the production of oilseeds during 2020-21 is higher by 6.77 million tonnes than the average oilseeds production.

Total production of Sugarcane in the country during 2020-21 is estimated at 397.66 million tonnes. The production of sugarcane during 2020-21 is higher by 35.59 million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 362.07 million tonnes.

Production of Cotton is estimated at 36.54 million bales (of 170 kg each) is higher by 4.65 million bales than the average cotton production.  Production of Jute & Mesta is estimated at 9.78 million bales (of 180 kg each).

 

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