The fourth advance estimates released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, pegged the foodgrain output at 275.68 million tonnes for 2016/17.
The recent numbers show that the foodgrain production in India has grown by 9.6 per cent from 251.6 million tonnes in the financial year 2015-16. As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed a record foodgrain production in 2016/17.
The estimated foodgrain production of 275.68 million tonnes, is higher by 10.64 million tonnes or 4.01 per cent, than the previous record production of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013/14. It is also higher by 18.67 million tonnes (7.27 per cent) over the previous five years' average production of foodgrains between 2011/12 & 2015/16.
Total production of rice is estimated at a new record high of 110.15 million tonnes. Rice production is higher by 3.50 million tonnes (3.28 per cent) than previous record production of 106.65 million tonnes achieved during 2013/14.
Production of wheat is also at a new high of 98.38 million tonnes in 2016/17. The production is higher by 6.61 per cent, compared to 92.29 million tonnes during 2015/16. Production of coarse cereals estimated at a new record level of 44.19 million tonnes is higher than the average production by 2.85 million tonnes, over the previous five years.
As a result of significant increase in the coverage area and productivity of all major pulses, total production of pulses during 2016/17 is estimated at 22.95 million tonnes, which is 40.4 per cent higher than the previous year's production.
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