Pulses output down 4% in 2015-16, foodgrains slightly up
Coarse cereals production is estimated to have declined to 37.94 million tonnes in 2015-16 from 42.86 million tonnes in the previous year.
Production of rice, coarse cereals, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and jute was lower due to erratic rainfall during the 2015 monsoon season, the Ministry of Agriculture said in its fourth advance estimates of major crops.
Total foodgrain production is estimated at 252.22 million tonnes during 2015-16 compared with 252.02 million tonnes in 2014-15. The figure was little changed from 252.23 million tonnes as per the third advance estimate in May.
India had two consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, hurting farmers in many parts of the country who rely on the monsoon to water their crops. The weather office has predicted an above-normal monsoon this year.
Production of wheat is estimated at 93.5 million tonnes in 2015-16, an 8% increase from 86.53 million tonnes in 2014-15.
Rice output is expected to have fallen 1.1% to 104.32 million tonnes from 105.48 million tonnes a year earlier.
Total production of coarse cereals is pegged at 37.94 million tonnes compared with 42.86 million tonnes.
Output of pulses is estimated at 16.47 million tonnes, lower than the previous year’s 17.15 million tonnes.
Total oilseed production dropped to 25.3 million tonnes from 27.51 million tonnes.
Production of sugarcane is estimated to have declined to 352.16 million tonnes from 362.33 million tonnes.
Cotton output likely fell to 30.15 million bales (of 170 kg each) from 34.8 million bales.