Bumper wheat harvest helps rabi output touch 150 mt this year

Elvera Bartels

Report rabi creation of just about a hundred and fifty million tonnes (mt) would take India’s once-a-year foodgrain output to an all-time large 292 mt in 2019-20 even as the country eyes a whopping target of 298 mt in the coming crop 12 months.

According to the next advance crop estimates released by the Agriculture Ministry at the national kharif meeting on Thursday, bumper wheat creation of 106.21 mt this 12 months would help the country attain rabi output of 149.6 mt in contrast to 139 mt in the prior rabi season. Wheat creation final 12 months was all over 99 mt.

The rabi potential clients looked up this 12 months mostly due to the fact of the excess monsoon rainfall the country received final 12 months, filling reservoirs in most areas of the country.

Nearly all major rabi crops this season did improved than final 12 months. The most spectacular performance was of winter rice, with output slated to be fifteen.fifty three mt as in opposition to 13.sixty three mt in the prior season maize was 8.22 mt (seven.fifty eight mt in 2019 season) and sorghum stood at two.66 mt (one.84 million tonnes).


For the next 12 months, States have been given the target of making 298 mt (2020-21). While the target for rice and wheat stays extra or less the exact same as 2019-20, targets for coarse cereals and pulses are up by just about 3.five mt and two.five mt, respectively, at 48.seven mt and twenty five.6 mt, mentioned Agriculture Commissioner SK Malhotra at the meeting, chaired by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

While seeds of most kharif crops are abundantly accessible for sowing, the scarcity of quality soyabean seeds could be a worry. According to Malhotra, there could be a shortfall of just about 12 for each cent of soyabean seeds as the new untimely rains influenced harvesting of the seeds.

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