India foodgrain output up 8.7% at record 273.38 MT in 2016-17
Foodgrain production in the country has been estimated at a record level of over 273 million tonnes during 2016-17. This was stated by Minister of State for Agriculture SS Ahluwalia in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
He said the earlier record production of foodgrain was in 2013-14 with an output of over 265 million tonnes. The production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses touched new record levels in the last fiscal. The Minister ruled out any proposal to impose higher import duty on wheat.
Pulses output jumped 37% to 22.40 million tonne, which may reduce dependence on imports and cool food inflation
Earlier Crop sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry, reveals that the rice has been sown in over 125 lakh hectare which is about five lakh hectare more than the last year. Kharif crops have been sown in over 563 lakh hectare till date as against 521 lakh hectare last year. It is nearly 42 lakh hectare more than last year figure.
Over 74 lakh hectare area has been covered under the cultivation of pulses which is more than 14 lakh hectare of the sown area under the crop last year.
The coarse cereals have been sown in over 113 lakh hectare, oilseeds in nearly 104 lakh hectare and cotton in over 90 lakh hectare.