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Record Foodgrain Production Expected in 2021-22

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the new record is the result of farmers' hard work, scientists' research and Government's farmer-friendly policies

Rabbi crop wheat in India. Photo Credit- Wikimedia Commons

Record production is expected in the country in the current crop year. The government has released the second advance estimate of production of main crops for 2021-22. Releasing the estimates, the ministry said that this year the total foodgrains production is estimated to reach a record 31.60 million tonnes, higher than the production of 31.07 million tonnes last crop year.

The estimated production of foodgrains for the agricultural year 2021-22 (July-June) has increased by 1.71 percent compared to the 310.74 million tonnes registered in 2020-21 and the target set for the current year, according to estimates. It shows that wheat production is also expected to reach a record 111.32 million tonnes in 2021-2022, up 1.58 percent from 109.59 million tonnes in the previous year. Total rice production (Kharif and Rabi) is also expected to reach a record 127.93 million tonnes, 2.86 percent higher than last year’s rice production of 124.37 million tons.

In 2021-22, the production of nine oilseeds (peanut, castor, sesame, niger, soybean, sunflower, rapeseed and mustard, flax and safflower) is estimated at 371.47 million tonnes, an increase of 3.34 percent compared to the 359.46 million tonnes registered last year.

As per Fourth Advance Estimate, the estimated production of major crops during 2020-21 is as follows:

  • Foodgrains  –  308.65 million tonnes. (record)
    • Rice- 122.27  million tonnes. (record)
    • Wheat- 109.52  million tonnes. (record)
    • Nutri/Coarse Cereals- 51.15 million tonnes
    • Maize- 31.51 million tonnes (record)
    • Pulses- 25.72 million tonnes (record)
    • Tur – 4.28 million tonnes
    • Gram- 11.99 million tonnes (record)
  • Oilseeds  –  36.10 million tonnes (record)
        • Groundnut- 10.21 million tonnes (record)
        • Soybean- 12.90 million tonnes
        • Rapeseed and Mustard- 10.11 million tonnes (record)
  • Sugarcane – 399.25 million tonnes
  • Cotton  –  35.38 million bales (of 170 kg each)
  • Jute and Mesta – 9.56 million bales (of 180 kg each)

In a statement, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the “new record” of foodgrains production in the country is the “result of hard work of farmers, efficient research of scientists and farmer-friendly policies of the Government.”

The assessment of the production of different crops is based on the data received from states and validated with information available from other sources.

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