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Horticulture production expected 3.3% higher at 331 million tonnes in 2020-21

New Delhi, Oct 29: Horticulture production for 2020-21 is estimated to be 3.3 per cent higher than the previous financial year at 331.05 million tonnes, the government on Friday said.

Releasing the third advance estimate, the Agriculture Ministry said the total output will be 10.6 million tonnes more than 2019-20. The total area under horticulture cultivation is also expected to go up from 26.48 hectares to 27.59 hectares.

As per the estimates, the production of Fruits is estimated to be 103.0 million tonnes as compared to 102.1 million tonnes achieved in 2019-20.

Production of Vegetables is also estimated to be 197.2 million tonnes compared to last year’s production of 188.3 million tonnes, an increase of 4.8 per cent.

Production of Onion is also expected to be slightly higher at 26.8 million tonnes as against 26.1 Million Tonne achieved in 2019-20.

Among other essential items, the production of potatoes is estimated to touch record production of 54.2 million tonnes in 2020-21, an increase of 5.6 million tonnes compared to 2019-20.

Production of Tomato is reported to touch 21.1 million tonnes as against the production of 20.6 million tonnes achieved in 2019-20.

As far as aromatic and medicinal crops are concerned, production increased 6.2 per cent from 0.73 Million Tonne in 2019-20 to 0.78 million tonnes in 2020-21.

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