Foodgrains production to reach record high of 316 MT in FY22: Govt

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Mumbai (UNI) Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narender Singh Tomar on Wednesday said that India is expected to report a record food grains production in the current fiscal at around 316.06 million tonne. According to the second advance estimates of production of major crops for the year 2021-22 released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the total food grains production in the country is estimated at record 316.06 million tonnes which is higher by 5.32 million tonne than the production of food grain during 2020-21. “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,” Tomar said in an official statement issued here. The production during 2021-22 is higher by 25.35 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2016-17 to 2020-21) average production of foodgrains, the data showed. According to the data, total production of rice during 2021-22 is estimated at record 127.93 million tonne, which is higher by 11.49 million tonne than the last five years’ average production of 116.44 million tonne. Similarly, the production of wheat during 2021-22 is estimated at record 111.32 million tonne, which is higher by 7.44 million tonne than the average wheat production of 103.88 million tonne.

The total pulses production during 2021-22 is estimated at 26.96 million tonnes which is higher by 3.14 million tonnes than the last five years’ average production of 23.82 million tonnes. The data further showed that the total oilseeds production in the country during 2021-22 is estimated at record 37.15 million tonne which is higher by 1.20 million tonnes than the production of 35.95 million tonnes during 2020-21.

Further, the production of oilseeds during 2021-22 is higher by 4.46 million tonnes than the average oilseeds production, it said. According to the data, total production of sugarcane in the country during 2021-22 is estimated at 414.04 million tonnes which is higher by 40.59million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 373.46 million tonnes, while of cotton, it is estimated at 34.06 million bales (each of 170 kg), higher by 1.12 million bales than the average cotton production of 32.95 million bales.

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