High Hopes on Monsoon: Govt Aims Record 270.1-mn Tonne Foodgrains Output

With good monsoon forecasts, the country hopes to achieve a record output this year. The government is reportedly aiming 270.10 million tonne foodgrains output in 2016-17. Apart from the possibility of good monsoon, several schemes like soil health card and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana has also encouraged the Centre to keep higher target.

Although, we were able to achieve a foodgrains production of 265.04 million tonnes (MT) in 2013-15, the production fell to 252.02 MT and 253.23 MT in 2014-15 and 2015-16, respectively, due to drought in about ten states.

"We have set an ambitious foodgrains production target at 270.10 MT for the 2016-17 crop year (July-June), which is much higher than the last year's target of 264.10 MT and even the actual output of record 265.04 MT in 2013-14," a senior Agriculture Ministry official told PTI.

In the category of foodgrains, the government is aiming record rice output of 108.50 MT, wheat at 96.50 MT, coarse cereals at 44.35 MT and pulses at 20.75 MT in 2016-17. However, in case of cash crops, the government expects sugarcane output of 355 MT, cotton at 36 million bales (170 kg) and jute/mesta at 11.70 million bales (of 180 kg).

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/