Rice Production Estimated At Record 102.36 Million Tonnes In 2020-21 Kharif Season: Government
A farmer sprays fungicide in a field of rice on farmland near Sirsa, Haryana, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Rice Production Estimated At Record 102.36 Million Tonnes In 2020-21 Kharif Season: Government

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India's rice production is estimated at record 102.36 million tonnes in the kharif season of 2020-21 crop year on the back of good monsoon rains and acreage, according to government data.

Rice production stood at 101.98 million tonnes in the kharif season of the 2019-20 crop year.

The Union Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday released the first advance estimates of production of major kharif crops for 2020-21.

As per the data, the total foodgrains output in the kharif season of 2020-21 crop year is estimated at record 144.52 million tonnes as against 143.38 million tonnes in the previous year.

The output of nutri cereals is estimated to decline to 32.84 million tonnes as against 33.69 million tonnes in the previous year.

Pulses production has been pegged higher at9.31 million tonnes as against 7.72 million tonnes in kharif season of last year.

In the non-foodgrains category,oilseeds production in kharif season is estimated at 25.73 million tonnesas against 22.31 million tonnes last year.

Cotton production is pegged at 37.12 million bales in kharif season of 2020-21 from 35.49 million bales in the previous year.

The output of sugarcane is likely to rise to 399.83 million tonnes from 355.7 million tonnes, the data showed.

"The cumulative rainfall during this year's southwest monsoon season up to Sept. 16, 2020, has been 7% higher than Long Period Average.

Accordingly, most of the major crops producing states have witnessed average rainfall," an official statement said.

The production of most of the crops for the agricultural year 2020-21 has been estimated higher than their average production. However, these estimates would undergo revision based on further feedback from the states.

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