Govt revises up FY17 food grains output to record 275.68 mt
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday revised upward the country's overall foodgrain production by 2.3 million tonnes to a record 275.68 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year that ended in June.
Record output has been achieved in rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses on the back of good rains in the said period.
Foodgrain production had declined to 251.57 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June). The previous record of 265.04 million tonnes was achieved in 2013-14 crop year.
"As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the current year," the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement.
Based on the feedback of states, the ministry has revised the overall foodgrain output upward to 275.68 million tonnes in its fourth estimate assessed for 2016-17 from its earlier projection of 273.38 million tonnes for the same period.
About 2.3 million tonnes of increase in foodgrain output has mainly come from record production in rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses, the latest data showed.
Foodgrain basket comprise of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses. These are grown in kharif (summer) and rabi (winter) season and already been harvested.
As per the data, rice output is estimated to be a record 110.15 million tonnes in 2016-17 as against 104.41 million tonnes in the previous year. Previous record was 106.65 million tonnes in 2013-14.
Wheat output is projected to have been a record 98.38 million tonnes in 2016-17 as against 92.29 million tonnes last year. The previous high was 95.85 million tonnes in 2013-14.
Coarse cereals output is pegged at a record 44.19 million tonnes in 2016-17 against 38.52 million tonnes in 2015-16, while the previous record of 43.39 million tonnes was in 2013 -14.
Among coarse cereals, maize output is record 26.26 million tonne in 2016-17.