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3rd advance estimates of production projects all time high foodgrain production of 295.67 million tonnes for 2019-20

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India's foodgrains production to touch record 295Indias foodgrainsOn May 15, 2020 According to Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare’s 3rd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2019-20, the total foodgrain production in the country is estimated to achieve a record of all-time high 295.67 million tonnes in 2019-20 for the 4th consecutive year since 2016-17 crop year (July-June). This estimated output  is up 3.67%(10.46 million tonnes) when compared to the previous record 285.21 million tonne during the 2018-19 crop year and has even crossed its target of 291.10 million tonne, which had been set before the beginning of the 2019-20 sowing season.

  • The production of foodgrains during 2019-20 is higher by 25.89 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2014-15 to 2018-19) average production of foodgrain.

Production increase in most of the crops

The production of the majority of crops for the agricultural year 2019-20 is estimated higher than their normal production. On account of more accurate information flowing over the time, these estimates are subject to revision.

Reason behind the hike– The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2019) has been 10% higher than the Long Period Average (LPA).

Other production estimates

Rice– Total production during 2019-20 is estimated at a record 117.94 million tonnes which is higher by 8.17 million tonnes than the 5 years average production of 109.77 million tonnes.

Wheat– Production during 2019-20 is estimated at record 107.18 million tonnes, which is higher by 3.58 million tonnes as compared to wheat production during 2018-19 and is higher by 11.02 million tonnes than the average wheat production of 96.16 million tonnes.

Nutri / Coarse Cereals– Production during 2019-20 is estimated at a record 47.54 million tonnes which is higher by 4.48 million tonnes than the production of 43.06 million tonnes achieved during 2018-19. Further, it is also higher by 4.50 million tonnes than the average production.

Maize– Total production during  2019-20 is estimated at a record 28.98 million tonnes this year, up from 27.72 million tonne in the 2018-19 crop year

Pulses– Total production during 2019-20 is estimated at 23.01 million tonnes which is higher by 2.19 million tonnes than the Five years’ average production of 20.82 million tonnes.

Oilseeds– Total  production during 2019-20 is estimated at record 33.50 million tonnes which is higher by 1.98 million tonnes than the production of 31.52 million tonnes during 2018-19. In addition, the production of oilseeds during 2019-20 is higher by 4.10 million tonnes than the average oilseeds production.

Sugarcane– Total production during 2019-20 is estimated at 358.14 million tonnes.

Cotton & Jute & Mesta– Production of cotton is estimated at record 36.05 million bales (of 170 kg each) is higher by 8.01 million bales than the production of 28.04 million bales during 2018-19.  Production of Jute & Mesta is estimated at 9.92 million bales (of 180 kg each).

Other estimated production during 2019-20:

Soyabean- 12.24 million tonnes, Rapeseed and Mustard- 8.70 million tonnes, Groundnut- 9.35 million tonnes, Tur- 3.75 million tonnes, Gram- 10.90 million tonnes.

About Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare:
It is under the Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare

About Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry:
Union minister– Narendra Singh Tomar(Constituency- Morena,  Madhya Pradesh )
Minister of State– Parshottam Rupala, Kailash Choudhary(Constituency- Barmer, Rajasthan).