India Achieves Record Harvest
India Achieves Record Harvest :The Union Agriculture Ministry has released the “third advance estimates of production of major crops,” predicting a record harvest of several agricultural commodities in India.
The country is projected to achieve a foodgrain production of 3,305.34 lakh tonnes in the current agricultural year, which is an increase of 149.18 lakh tonnes from the previous year. This is the highest ever foodgrain production in India.
The projected production for various foodgrains includes:
- Rice: 1,355.42 lakh tonnes
- Wheat: 1,127.43 lakh tonnes
- Bajra: 111.66 lakh tonnes
- Coarse cereals: 547.48 lakh tonnes
- Maize: 359.13 lakh tonnes
The estimated pulse production is 275.04 lakh tonnes, which is an increase of 5.74 lakh tonnes from the previous year.
The projected production of oilseeds is 409.96 lakh tonnes, which is an increase of 30.33 lakh tonnes from the previous year. The production of soybean, rapeseed and mustard is projected to be 149.76 lakh tonnes, 124.94 lakh tonnes and 124.94 lakh tonnes, respectively.
Sugarcane production is also set to reach a record level of 4,942.28 lakh tonnes, which is an increase of 548.03 lakh tonnes from the previous year.
Cotton production is estimated at 343.47 lakh bales (170 kg each), while jute and mesta production is projected to be 94.94 lakh bales (180 kg each).
The government has set a target of 1,305 lakh tonnes for rice production and 1,120 lakh tonnes for wheat production in the current agricultural year. The targets for pulses and oilseeds are set at 295.20 lakh tonnes and 413.45 lakh tonnes, respectively.
The government has taken a number of measures to boost agricultural production, including providing financial assistance to farmers, improving irrigation facilities, and promoting the use of modern agricultural technologies. These measures have helped to increase agricultural production in India and make the country self-sufficient in food grains.