The 3rd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2015-16 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.
The estimated production of major crops during 2015-16 is as under:
Ø Foodgrains – 252.23 million tonnes
- Rice – 103.36 million tonnes
- Wheat – 94.04 million tonnes
- Coarse Cereals – 37.78 million tonnes
- Maize – 21.02 million tonnes
- Pulses – 17.06 million tonnes
- Tur – 2.60 million tonnes
- Gram – 7.48 million tonnes
Ø Oilseeds – 25.9 million tonnes
- Soyabean – 8.92 million tonnes
- Groundnut – 6.89 million tonnes
- Rapeseed & Mustard – 6.85 million tonnes
Ø Cotton – 30.52 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Ø Sugarcane – 346.72 million tonnes
Despite setback due to deficient rainfall and due to shortage of water in reservoirs. As per the 3rd Advance Estimates for 2015-16 total foodgrains production in the country has been higher than that in the last year. Total foodgrains production during 2015-16, estimated at 252.23 million tonnes, has been higher by 0.21 million tonnes over the production of 252.02 million tonnes during 2014-15.
Total production of rice during 2015-16 is estimated at 103.36 million tonnes, which is lower by 2.12 million tonnes than its production of 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15. Production of wheat estimated at 94.04 million tonnes is higher by 7.51 million tonnes than the production of 86.53 million tonnes of wheat during 2014-15.
Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at 37.78 million tonnes which is lower by 5.08 million tonnes as compared to their production of 42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Total pulses production of 17.06 million tonnes during 2015-16 is marginally lower than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes. With a decline of 1.6 million tonnes over the previous year’s production’s total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 25.9 million tonnes.
Production of sugarcane estimated at 346.72 million tones, is lower by 15.61 million tonnes than its production during 2014-15. Production of Cotton estimated at 30.52 million bales (of 170 kg each) is also lower by 4.28 million bales than its production of 34.805 million bales during 2014-15. Production of jute is estimated at 9.92 million bales (of 180 kg each) which is lower by 0.70 million bales than its production of 10.62 million bales during 2014-15.