New Delhi, Feb 28 : Production of foodgrains for 2018-19 is expected to be 281.37 million tonnes of which rice output is estimated at a record level of 115.60 million tonnes and wheat at 99.12 million tonnes which is higher by 2.01 million tonnes than in the corresponding period last year.
As per the second advance estimates of foodgrains for 2018-19 released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare here on Friday, the total output is likely to be 3.99 million tonnes higher than last year.
However, the output of coarse cereals and cotton is lower than last year at 42.64 million tonnes and 30.90 million bales (of 170 kilogram each). It was 48.10 million tonnes and 339.15 million bales in the second advance estimates last year.
Pulses production for the year is estimated at 24.02 million tonnes against 23.95 million tonnes last year and oilseeds output is likely to be 31.50 million tonnes as against 29.88 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year. Sugarcane production is likely to be 380.83 million tonnes against 353.22 million tonnes last year in the corresponding period.
The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2018) has been 9 per cent lower than Long Period Average (LPA). The cumulative rainfall in North West India, Central India and South Peninsula during the aforesaid period has been overall normal.
Most of the major crops producing states have witnessed normal monsoon rainfall except in pockets as a result of which higher production is expected in major crops. (UNI)