Despite setback due to deficient rainfall and due to shortage of water in reservoirs, the 3rd Advance Estimates of foodgrains production for 2015-16 has been higher than that in the last year. Total foodgrains production during 2015-16, estimated at 252.23 million tonnes, has been higher by 0.21 million tonnes over the production of 252.02 million tonnes during 2014-15.
Total production of rice during 2015-16 is estimated at 103.36 million tonnes, which is lower by 2.12 million tonnes than its production of 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15. Production of wheat estimated at 94.04 million tonnes is higher by 7.51 million tonnes than the production of 86.53 million tonnes of wheat during 2014-15.
Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at 37.78 million tonnes which is lower by 5.08 million tonnes as compared to their production of 42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Total pulses production of 17.06 million tonnes during 2015-16 is marginally lower than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes.
With a decline of 1.6 million tonnes over the previous year’s production’s total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 25.9 million tonnes.
Production of sugarcane estimated at 346.72 million tones, is lower by 15.61 million tonnes than its production during 2014-15. Production of Cotton estimated at 30.52 million bales (of 170 kg each) is also lower by 4.28 million bales than its production of 34.805 million bales during 2014-15. Production of jute is estimated at 9.92 million bales (of 180 kg each) which is lower by 0.70 million bales than its production of 10.62 million bales during 2014-15.