India’s wheat harvest drops by 1.42% in 2017-18: Govt estimate
NEWDELHI: India’s wheat output is likely to be lower by 1.42% at 97.11 million tones (MT) in 2017-18, against a record 98.51 MT in 2016-17, the government’s second of four quarterly estimates shows.
The country’s overall foodgrain output is projected to be 277.49 MT in the 2017-18 against 275.11MT last year.
“As a result of near normal rainfall during monsoon 2017 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrains production in the current year,” the agriculture ministry said, releasing its second estimate for 2017-18.
With a plentiful harvest, the government will have to ensure profitable prices for farmers, who have staged protests in many states due to depressed prices.
The wheat fall is mainly on account of a 4.27 % drop in planting area, which stood at 30.42 million hectares in the current rabi season.
The area has decreased because many farmers are growing pulses instead of wheat in states such as Madhya Pradesh.
The country’s rice output is pegged 1.31% higher at 111.01 MT this year, as against 109.70 MT last year.
The output of pulses is expected to be 23.95 MT this year, up from 23.13 MT last year.
Soyabean, a key oilseed, is likely to decline to 11.39 MT this year from 13.79 MT in 2016-17.
Cotton output is also pegged higher at 33.92 million bales (of 170 kg each) against 32.58 million bales last year.