The Agriculture Ministry is expecting food grain production to exceed 150 million tonnes in the Kharif season this year, which is higher than the 149.5 million tonnes achieved in the same season of the 2020-21 crop year.
Due to good rainfall in the country, food grains production may touch a new record level of more than 150 million tonnes in the Kharif season of 2021-22 (July-June). Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal gave this information on Monday. Sowing of Kharif (summer) crops like paddy starts in June with the arrival of Southwest Monsoon. It will expire by the end of this month. At the same time, harvesting will start from October in most parts of the country.
Aggarwal told reporters, “It has rained well so far this year. According to the fourth estimate, the total Kharif food grain production last year stood at 14.95 million 60 thousand tonnes. Since the area under pulses and paddy is likely to increase this year, the food grain production will definitely be much higher than last year’s Kharif season.
Production may exceed 150 million tonnes
He said that the Agriculture Ministry is expecting food grains production to exceed 150 million tonnes in the Kharif season this year, which is higher than the 149.5 million tonnes achieved in the same season of the 2020-21 crop year. He said that the first estimate of total foodgrain production of the country for this Kharif season would be released around September 15. Aggarwal said that the Kharif food grain production is expected to be higher even though the area sown so far is less than one million hectares as compared to last year, as the ministry expects the gap in sown area to narrow by the end of September.
He said that till September 10 this year, the total area under Kharif crops has reached 1,096.70 lakh hectares as against 1,106.57 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. The Secretary said that there has been a marginal increase in the area under cultivation of paddy and pulses, while there has been a big decline in the area under crops like coarse cereals, cotton and groundnut.
“However, the difference in acreage is narrowing as sowing in some parts will end by the end of this month,” he said. Looking at the current situation, we are definitely expecting better production this time.
The arrival of Kharif crops started in some states
Agarwal also said that states have been asked to take necessary steps for procurement of Kharif crops as arrival of these crops has started in some states. In Karnataka, for example, the arrival of pulses has started and the state government has been allowed to procure about 40,000 tonnes. The Secretary also mentioned that he would hold a meeting with Punjab and Haryana on the issue of stubble burning.
He said that the central government has given about Rs 235 crore to Punjab and Rs 141 crore to Haryana in the financial year 2021-22 to deal with air pollution caused by stubble burning.
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