The 3rd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2016-17 was released recently by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare. 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 estimated production of various crops stands at a record 273.38 million tonnes.
This is higher by 8.34 million tonnes (3.15%) than the previous record production of Foodgrain of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. The current year’s production is also higher by 16.37 million tonnes (6.37%) than the previous five years’ (2011-12 to 2015-16) average production of Foodgrains. The current year’s production is significantly higher by 21.81 million tonnes (8.67%) than the last year’s foodgrain production.
Total production of Rice is estimated at record 109.15 million tonnes which is also a new record. Production of Wheat, estimated at 97.44 million tonnes is also a record. This year’s wheat production is higher by 1.66% than the previous record production of 95.85 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14.