Government sets food grain output target at record 307.31 million tonnes

Economy


Amid the scare of Covid-19 pandemic, the government has set the production target for food grain for the crop year 2021-22 at a record 307.31 million tonnes. This includes production of 151.43 million tonnes of food grains during kharif (summer) season and 155.88 million tonnes during rabi (winter) season.

The targeted production is over 1.3% more than the last year’s estimated food grain production of 303.34 million tonnes.

As per the target set up at the kharif conference on Friday, the production of rice has been set up at 121.1 million tonnes while the output of wheat has been estimated at 110 million tonnes. The production of coarse grains like maize, millers and bajra has been set up at 51.21 million tonnes while output of pulses has been estimated at 25 million tonnes.

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“Our main focus is on augmenting production of oilseeds as India has to spend Rs 70,000 crore every year to meet the demand of edible oil. The production of of oilseeds has been set up at 37.5 million tonnes,” said an agriculture ministry official.

With weather office forecasting normal rainfall, the country is set for yet another record output. The government has also expanded the area of onion to 51,000 hectares to prevent any shortage during off-season.

The official also estimated a pick up in demand of cotton and sugarcane production is also likely to go up to 397 million tonnes.

Crop Estimated output (2020-2021) Targeted output (2021-2022)
Rice 120.32 121.1
Wheat 109.24 110
Pulses 24.42 25
Coarse grains 49.36 51.21
Total food grains 303.34 307.31
Oilseeds 37.31 37.5
Sugarcane 397.66 390

“There will be increasing demand of cotton this year. We have targeted to produce 37 million bales – up from last year’s estimated production of 36 million bales,” he said

He advised cotton farmers to complete sowing operation by May 15 and recommended use of tolerant varieties with proper dose of fertilser and urea.

The government said that it is comfortable with the availability of farm inputs including seeds and fertiliser.

“We have surplus supply of seed for all crops including rice, pulses and coarse grains except in case of soyabean and maize where deficiency is due to heavy rains at the time of harvesting of seed crop during last season. The shortage of soybean seeds, however will be met by reduction in germination standards,” he said.

The requirement of urea has been assessed at 17.75 million tonnes while for other fertiliser including DAP, NPK and MOP, the requirement together is around 17.37 million tonnes.

“We are in comfortable position. There is no shortage of crop nutrients. Our urea plants are working at 100% utilisation capacity to meet the demand,” said a fertiliser department official.



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