The government on Wednesday released its third advance estimate of the country’s foodgrain prodcution for the crop year (July-June) 2017-18, revising the total output figure for the year from 277.49 million tonnes (MT) in February to 279.51 MT now.
The revised estimate, which took into account production of both Kharif (summer sown) and Rabi (winter sown) crops, is over 4 MT more than the previous record output of 275.11 MT in 2016-17. It’ll turn 2017-18 the second year in a row of bumper foodgrain production after facing two consecutive years of drought in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Figures, released by agriculture ministry, show that most of the major crops - rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals, maize and gram - are expected to touch new record in the current crop year.
Read details in a report by Vishwa Mohan published in The Times of India...