Foodgrain Output Revised up to a Record 273.38M Tonnes
New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has revised upwards the foodgrain production estimates to a record 273.38 million tonnes for the 2016-17 (July-June) crop year on account of good monsoon.
“As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the current year,” the ministry said in a statement while releasing the 3rd Advance Estimates of crop production in the 2016-17 crop year.
According to the estimates for 2016-17, total foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 273.38 million tonnes which is higher by 8.34 million tonnes (3.15%) than the previous record production of foodgrain of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14.
The current year’s production is significantly higher by 21.81 million tonnes (8.67%) than the last year’s foodgrain production.
“Total production of rice is estimated at record 109.15 million tonnes which is also a new record. This year’s rice production is higher by 2.50 million tonnes (2.34%) than previous record production of 106.65 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. Production of rice has increased significantly by 4.74 million tonnes (4.54%) than the production of 104.41 million tonnes during 2015-16,” the statement said.
Record production has also been achieved in the case of wheat (97.44 m tonnes), Coarse Cereals (44.39 m tonnes), and all pulses put together (22.40m tonnes).