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MUMBAI – India’s food-grain production is likely to touch a record 150.50 million tonne in the ongoing Kharif season on better rice output amid good monsoon, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

In the Kharif season of 2020-21 crop year (July-June), the food-grain output comprising rice, pulses and coarse cereals stood at a record 149.56 million tonnes.

Record production is pegged in rice, sugarcane and cotton. However, the production of coarse cereals and oilseeds is estimated to be lower marginally during the Kharif season of this year.

Sowing of Kharif (summer) crops like paddy begin with the onset of the Southwest monsoon from June, while harvesting in most parts commences from October.

Releasing the first food-grain production estimate for the ongoing Kharif season, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “A record food-grain production is estimated at 150.50 million tonnes in Kharif season.”

He said that a bumper crop is being achieved because of the tireless hard work of farmers and scientists besides farmer-friendly government policies.

As per the data, pulses production is likely to increase to 9.45 million tonnes in 2021-22 Kharif season from 8.69 million tonnes achieved in the previous year.

Production of tur, the main Kharif pulse, is estimated to increase marginally to 4.43 million tonnes from 4.28 million tonnes. However, the production of coarse cereals is estimated to decline to 34 million tonnes from 36.46 million tonnes.

Among coarse cereals, maize output is estimated to fall to 21.24 million tonnes in the 2021-22 Kharif season from 21.44 million tonnes in the previous year.

Similarly, the production of oilseeds is projected to be lower at 23.39 million tonnes from 24.03 million tonnes.

Among oil-seeds, groundnut production is pegged marginally lower at 8.25 million tonnes as against 8.55 million tonnes, while that of soybean at 12.72 million tonnes as against 12.89 million tonnes.

In cash crops, sugarcane production is pegged at a record 419.25 million tonnes during the 2021-22 Kharif season compared with 399.25 million tonnes in the previous year.

Cotton production is also likely to be a record at 36.22 million bales (of 170 kg each) compared with 35.38 million bales in the previous year.

Jute and mesta production is pegged slightly higher at 9.61 million bales (of 180 kg each) during this year as against 9.55 million bales last year, as per the data.

Source: Economic Times

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